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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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NETO, Modesto Leite Rolim; ROCHA, Vera Maria da  and  SILVA, Leocassio Barbosa da. Postpartum Depression and its Repercussions in the Meanings. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2005, vol.6, n.1, pp.109-115. ISSN 1645-0086.

The aim is to understand the difficulties and experienced of individuals suffering from postpartum depression, related to mood disturbances, the mother-child bond and its repercussions in the meanings established for the experience of being a mother. Forty-one patients were interviewed, with ages ranging from 20 to 49 years, from a total of 106 attended at the Auta Alves Ferreira Primary Care Unit, in the city of Aparecida, in the interior of the state of Paraíba, Brazil. A sample of 21 women was selected, presenting an inclusion profile, propitious to mapping postpartum depression. The eligible patients were referred by two PSF (Health Family) teams (one each from the urban and rural zones), aimed at diagnosing the psychic disturbance of the perperium. They were accompanied by a psychologist and all signed an informed consent form. A field diary supported the information recorded. Beck's Depression Inventory complemented the inclusion and follow-up of the patients. The data were analyzed statistically. We confirmed the findings of the most recent studies that infant abandonment in the postpartum period occurs in situations where multiple and serious factors add up, such as misery (86.7%), little schooling (67%), lack of a support network (36.5%), estrangement of the mother's family relations (12%) and lack of paternal involvement (91.5%). The feeling of psyching pain and suffering, resulting from postpartum depression, is the most emphasized by women (87%) because it triggers the greatest discomfort, due to the difficulty in overcoming it.

Keywords : Mother-child bond; Postpartum depression; Psychic suffering.

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