POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION – PPD
What is Postpartum Depression PPD?
This depressive mood disorder can affect women during pregnancy or following childbirth. It can cause mothers to feel extreme sadness, exhaustion and anxiety, making it a challenge for them to care for themselves or others and to complete day-to-day activities.
Post-partum depression results from chemical changes in the brain after giving birth, due to dropping levels of hormones. These changes can trigger mood swings. In addition, the inability to sleep after having a baby can make it difficult for mothers to recover completely after childbirth.
Postpartum Depression PPD Symptoms:
Common symptoms of postpartum depression include mood swings; feeling sad, empty, overwhelmed or hopeless; crying for no apparent reason and more frequently than usual; anger or rage; a mother thinking about harming herself or the baby; and having trouble bonding with the baby.
A mother may also experience changes in her sleep habits (sleeplessness or sleeping too much); may be unable to concentrate or make decisions; and may have feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
Ketamine and Postpartum Depression PPD
Postpartum depression is a form of depression, and for more than a decade, studies have reported that ketamine is effective in reversing severe depression that is resistant to traditional anti-depressants.
The drugs that have commonly been used to treat postpartum depression are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can take weeks to have an impact on mood and may also affect the baby via the mother’s breast milk.
By contrast, ketamine, a drug used as an anesthetic in emergency rooms and burn clinics, is a fast-acting drug that is metabolized quickly. If infusions are timed properly, it won’t be absorbed through breast milk and its side effects are considered minimal in comparison to the potential side effects from SSRIs.