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OET Role Play – Postpartum Depression?

Patient Interrogation | Setting Hospital

Ms Sadia Ibrahim is a postpartum mother who has come to see her doctor after 4 weeks of delivery. As she waits, you notice symptoms of postpartum depression. As nurse in charge of postpartum mothers, you initiate a conversation with her. Although she says hers is a case of baby blues, eventually you realize that it is postpartum depression.

Baby blues symptoms

Signs and symptoms of baby blues — which last only a few days to a week or two after your baby is born — may include:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Crying
  • Reduced concentration
  • Appetite problems
  • Trouble sleeping

Postpartum depression symptoms

  • PPD Signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer.
  • May eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.
  • Symptoms usually develop within the first few weeks after giving birth.
  • It may begin earlier – during pregnancy – or later – up to a year after birth.

Postpartum depression signs and symptoms may include:

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
  • Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
  • Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Fear that you’re not a good mother
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
  • Restlessness
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.

Written by Biju John

Love for English begins with understanding its unknown rules. Biju John lives on the internet, teaching OET, IELTS and PTE. More than a million students have thanked him from their heart.

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