New Mothers Suffering from Postpartum Depression Seek Help Online

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Mothers suffering from post-partum depression seek assistance online.


While some mothers revere giving birth to their child as a joy, some mothers are less enthused and are even saddened by the baby’s arrival. More than likely, these women suffer from postpartum depression. Postpartum makes it difficult for new mothers to care for their babies and to take care of their day-to-day tasks. Some symptoms may include prolonged lost appetite, prolonged insomnia, prolonged mood swings, etc. If left untreated, postpartum may last for a number of months or longer.

Due to mother’s busy schedule with nursing the new baby, many of them will seek help online for postpartum depression if it’s available anonymously and from professional healthcare providers. “Mothers cannot always find a sitter and then spend time driving to and from counseling,” says Judith Maloni, lead investigator and professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University. “An online intervention is available when the moms have time.”  (Read the full details of the study).

It is believed the depression affects approximately  7 to 15 percent of new mothers and is likable for mothers with complications during their pregnancy. Although the exact causes of postpartum depression aren’t known, Maloni has studied the impact of bed rest on pregnant women and found that those with complications before and during the birth of their babies are at greater risk of slipping into depression after delivery.

Reality TV star Peggy Tanous of Real Housewives of Orange County, went public with her bout with postpartum depression. “When I had my first daughter London, I thought I would be ecstatic, but I wasn’t,” the Real Housewives of Orange County star, 41, told PEOPLE. “I wasn’t upset, but it was this very weird feeling of, What am I supposed to do with this baby? It was almost like a fear.