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Shining light on postpartum depression: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Shining light on postpartum depression: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

The postpartum period begins immediately after the birth of a child and extends for approximately six weeks thereafter. The majority of women experience some type of mood disturbance during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. The majority of these mood disturbances are benign and resolve on their own. However, the postpartum period is the most vulnerable time for a woman to develop psychiatric illness with postpartum depression, which occurs in 10 to 15 percent of women in the general population (“Postpartum Major Depression” American Academy of Family Practice, Hirst M.D., October 2010)
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Mental illness plagues the homeless population

Mental illness plagues the homeless population

Many homeless people hide from the eyes of the world. They shuffle quietly through the streets by day, talking to their voices only when they think nobody is looking and they live in shelters or abandoned buildings at night. Some shelters become known as havens for these mentally ill wanderers and take on the appearance of a hospital psychiatric ward. Others live in the woods on the outskirts of cities, under bridges, and even in the tunnels that carry subway trains beneath cities. They are ghosts to the majority of society and, as a result, there are many more people with untreated severe psychiatric illnesses living on America’s streets than are receiving care in hospitals.

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