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The joys of pregnancy and motherhood can be short-lived – or non-existent – for women with postpartum depression. An estimated 10 percent of new mothers struggle with this disorder that can be devastating for the mother, her infant, partner and family.

Mood changes after pregnancy, which may be caused by fluctuations in a woman’s hormone levels following delivery, are extremely common. As many as 80 percent of new mothers experience “baby blues” after childbirth. Within two to three days after delivery, many women with baby blues report feeling depressed, anxious, upset or angry (with the new baby or others around them). They may cry for no clear reason; have trouble sleeping, eating and making choices; or question whether they will be able to care for the baby. These feelings often go away on their own within a week or so.

With postpartum depression, however, the negative feelings don’t resolve and can develop into a depressive disorder that interferes with the mother’s ability to function normally. The symptoms, which typically surface between one and three weeks after delivery, are more severe than the baby blues and may include:


During the week of April 18 to 24, communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime.

The aim of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, themed “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect,” is to reinforce the ideals that inspired the decades-long struggle of the victims’ rights movement and challenge all Americans to honor victims’ rights.

Only a few decades ago, unfairness, indignities and disrespect confronted many victims of crime. “Victims of Crime in America,” the 1984 report of the President’s Task Force on Victim of Crime, described a “hellish” justice system focused on offenders and indifferent to victims’ needs. It told of one victim that was disabled by a crime who cashed in his life insurance to pay for heat and food and a sexual assault victim who faced taunts and jeers from her attacker when she was forced to sit beside him in a courthouse hallway before the trial. Then she was excluded from the trial.

At that time, victims’ only “right” declared one expert, was to “remain silent” in the face of inequities.


The Ohio Department of Aging invites the state’s seniors, near-seniors, advocates, caregivers and others to become fans of the agency’s new page on Facebook.

To kick off its first foray into social media, the department is using Facebook to hold an Older Americans Month photo contest.

“Social media sites like Facebook give the Department of Aging a way to interact with older Ohioans and the people who care for and serve them as we never have before,” said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department. “We know that Americans age 50 and older represent the fastest-growing segment of Facebook’s users and we are excited about the potential this new medium provides. “


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