Postpartum depression (PPD), also known as postpartum depression, is a type of mood disorder related to childbirth that can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, crying spells, irritability and changes in sleep or eating patterns. The onset is usually between a week and a month after childbirth. PPD can also have a negative effect on the newborn child.

Although the exact cause of PPD is unclear, it is believed to be a combination of physical, emotional, genetic and social factors. These may include factors such as hormonal changes and sleep deprivation. Risk factors include previous episodes of postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, a family history of depression, psychological stress, childbirth complications, lack of support or a substance use disorder. The diagnosis is based on a person's symptoms. Although most women experience a brief period of worry or unhappiness after childbirth, postpartum depression should be suspected when symptoms are severe and persist for more than two weeks.

Among those at risk, providing psychosocial support may be protective in preventing PPD. This can include community support such as meals, household chores, maternal care and companionship.

Treatment BeterKlinic

BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.

An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.

Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.