Relationship between exhaustion and postnatal depression

Caltabiano, Nerina J., and Caltabiano, Marie L. (1996) Relationship between exhaustion and postnatal depression. Psychological Reports, 79 (1). pp. 225-226.

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Abstract

Dix (1987) defined postnatal depression as the hormonally and biochemically induced reaction to the body's upheaval in giving birth. It may be characterized by a general depression, dullness, lethargy, and lack of joy or zest for life. Boyce (1988) maintains that sleep disturbance and difficulty falling asleep are characteristic of postnatal depression. For Boyce postpartum depression was considered to be a mood disorder following childbirth. The multiple roles many women have (see Caltabiano & Slomka, 1995) coupled with sleep deprivation would lead to physical exhaustion of mothers. It is argued here that physical exhaustion may affect postnatal depression rather than being a descriptor of postnatal depression.

Item ID: 28603
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1558-691X
Keywords: exhaustion, post-natal depression
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2013 01:41
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
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