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Pregnant and Postpartum Depression (Peripartum Depression).
- During pregnancy, 14-23% of women will have symptoms of depression.
- There is a possible increased risk of pre-term delivery and low infant birth weight in women with depression during pregnancy.
- 50-80% of women experience mild postpartum depression, characterized by mood swings, crying and irritability for 3 to 10 days postpartum.
- 10% of women develop a much more severe depression 3 to 4 months postpartum.
- 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 women develop a psychosis characterized by hallucinations and delusions within 2 weeks postpartum.
- Women with a previous history of depression or psychiatric complications after delivery are particularly at risk.
Peripartum depression is marked by symptoms of:
It also will examine the use of light and wake therapy for women experiencing sadness, moodiness and loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.
- Difficulty sleeping and excessive fatigue.
- Appetite changes.
- Decreased libido.
- Depressed mood and loss of pleasure.
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness.
Women who are :
May be eligible to participate.
- Aged 18–45.
- Pregnant (any trimester) or Postpartum (with infants less than 12 months old).
- Experiencing sadness or depression.
- Also those not experiencing depression or sadness.
*** Compensation up to $350 ***
Diagnostic evaluation and intervention will be provided