A study to assess the level of depression among postnatal mothers
Dr. S Kalabarathi, Kalaiselvan
Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth. For most the symptoms are mild and short-lived; however, 10 to 15% of women develop more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. The objective of the study is to assess the level of depression in postnatal mothers. A quantitative study was chosen to assess the level of post natal depression among the post natal mothers. 50 samples were selected who come under the inclusion criteria by purposive random technique. Data was collected using demographic variables which include Age, type of family, religion, occupation, education, obstetrical score and family history etc. The level of depression among postnatal mothers was assessed through Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. The study results revealed that majority of the mothers had mild depression 32 (64%) 14 (28) are moderate depression, 4 (8%) severe depression among postnatal mothers. The result shows that the mean value for level of depression among postnatal mothers was SD= 17.90 with mean difference of 21.82. The study suggests that Professional counselling will be very beneficial if the mother is depressed.