Postpartum Depression Glossary of Terms

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American Psychiatric Association: A medical specialty society with over 35,000 US and inte...

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Antidepressant: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Anxiety disorder: A chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense o...

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Baby blues: A common temporary psychological state right after childbirth when a new mothe...

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Bipolar disorder: A mood disorder sometimes called manic-depressive illness or manic-depr...

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Breastfeeding: Feeding a child human breast milk. According to the American Academy of Ped...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Clinical depression: Depressed mood that meets the DSM-IV criteria for a depressive disord...

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Cortisol: A metabolite of the primary stress hormone cortisone. Cortisol is an essential f...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Estrogen: A female steroid hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, in lesser amounts,...

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Fatigue: A condition characterized by a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency ...

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Fatty acids: Molecules that are long chains of lipid-carboxylic acid found in fats and oil...

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Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Genetics pertains to humans and all other orga...

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Group therapy: 1) A type of psychiatric care in which several patients meet with one or m...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Homicide: 1. The killing of a person. 2. Strictly speaking, the killing of a...

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Hormone: A chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activit...

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Hormone therapy: Treatment of disease or symptoms with synthetic or naturally derived horm...

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Iron: An essential mineral. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen (via hemoglobin ...

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Lithium: A naturally occurring salt that, in purified form, is used to treat certain psych...

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Major depression: A disease with certain characteristic signs and symptoms that interferes...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Miscarriage: Inadvertent loss of a pregnancy before the fetus is viable. A considerable pr...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Perinatal: Pertaining to the period immediately before and after birth. The perinatal peri...

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Perineal: Pertaining to the perineum.

Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Postpartum: The period just after delivery, as with postpartum depression. Postpartum refe...

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Postpartum depression: A form of severe depression after delivery that interferes with dai...

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Postpartum psychosis: A very serious mental illness that can affect a new mother. The epis...

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PPD: 1. Postpartum depression. 2. Purified protein derivative (the PPD skin ...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Pregnant: The state of carrying a developing fetus within the body.

Premenstrual: Just before the start of menstruation. As in a premenstrual headache.

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Premenstrual syndrome: A combination of physical and mood disturbances that occur in the l...

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Prenatal: Occurring or existing before birth.

Probability: The likelihood that something will happen. For example, a probability of less...

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Progesterone: A female hormone, the principal hormone that prepares the uterus to receive ...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Psychiatry: The medical specialty that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and tr...

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Psychosis: In the general sense, a mental illness that markedly interferes with a person'...

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Psychotherapy: The treatment of a behavior disorders, mental illness, or any other conditi...

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Rejection: In transplantation biology, when the body's immune system attacks transplanted ...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Soothing: Bringing comfort, solace, reassurance, peace, composure, quietude.

Stillbirth: The birth of a dead baby, the delivery of a fetus that has died before birth f...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Suicidal: Pertaining to suicide. the taking of ones own life. As in a suicidal gesture, su...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Thyroid: 1. The thyroid gland. Also, pertaining to the thyroid gland. 2. A p...

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Tired: A feeling of a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment,...

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Viable: Capable of life. For example, a viable premature baby is one who is able to surviv...

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Vitamins: The word "vitamin" was coined in 1911 by the Warsaw-born biochemist Casimir Funk...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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