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Postpartum Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment
Postpartum Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment

Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, Psychologist CEs, MFT CEUs

By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Name three characteristics of postnatal depression.
-Name five feelings and attitudes that are often experienced when a woman becomes a mother.
-Explain some examples of misunderstood reactions that new fathers often have.
-Name three stages of marital disharmony.
-Explain why are women at risk for depression during most of their adult lives.
-Explain why is unplanned pregnancy one of the greatest risk factors associated with postpartum psychiatric problems.
-Explain how can anxiety lead to a difficult labor experience.
-Name some symptoms of a panic attack.
-Explain why does failure to treat a mother’s anxiety pose a significant risk to the mother and the baby.
-Name some examples of disturbing thoughts that new parents might experience, that may be intensified in clients with OCD.
-Explain how might a person with PTSD avoid reliving their trauma.
-Explain what need does an eating disorder often fill for a person.
-Explain some factors that can trigger bipolar disorder in new mothers.
-Explain what is a sample of a reassurance you could provide the father experiencing postpartum depression.
-Name five categories of alternative treatment for postpartum depression and psychosis mentioned in this article.
-Explain what phenomena, separate from postpartum depression, is characterized by mood swings, anxiety tearfulness, and irritability, affecting between 50–80% of all women in the first 10 days after childbirth.
-Explain what percentage of PPD sufferers will still show signs of major depression after one year, if left untreated.
-Name one of the most common reasons given by women for their reduced sexual drive during late pregnancy and the postpartum period.
-Explain which of the indicators had the best predictive value for the development of PPD, in the study mentioned,
-Name 4 treatment methods mentioned for pregnant women suffering from depression.
-Explain what factor has been thought to influence toddlers' development into autonomy.
-Explain how Elliot suggests that the EDPS is able to help diagnose females at risk for PPD when the health-care provider (health-visitor) is untrained in its usage.
-Name two effective somatic PPD treatment methods.
-Explain some factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing PPD.
-Explain what factor does Dulude suggest that affects a woman's feeling of personal control.
-Explain what differentiates PPD from the “baby blues”.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."


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