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Depression

Women experience depression twice as often as men. Many women are also particularly vulnerable to depression after the birth of a baby. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as the added responsibility of a new baby, can be factors that lead to postpartum depression in some women. While transient "blues" are common in new mothers, a full-blown depressive episode is not a normal occurrence and requires active intervention.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing signs of depression, including a noticeable change in sleep pattern, feeling hopeless or worthless, decreased energy, inability to concentrate, recurring thoughts of death or suicide or feeling overwhelmed by feelings of sadness or grief, you should seek help.

If you have recently had a baby, consult with the caring and compassionate staff of Jefferson's Childbirth Program/Parent Education. We are experienced in dealing with many postpartum issues, including depression.

If you are not a new mother, our Psychiatry staff focuses special attention on the consultation and treatment of the most common psychiatric problems of anxiety and depression.

There is also growing evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture and other related modalities for a wide range of ailments, including depression. In its purest form, acupuncture is used in the context of a complete healing arts system known as Oriental medicine, which originated from ancient Chinese medicine. Jefferson's Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program consists of a highly experienced team of acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners that works in collaboration with your Jefferson primary care physician to facilitate optimal health and well-being.