What is postpartum depression and am I at risk?

Postpartum depression typically occurs within the first 4 weeks of delivery, but can occur immediately following or up to a year later. The depression, which can range from moderate to severe, is caused by hormonal changes in the mother as a result of the pregnancy.

Not all women who give birth suffer postpartum depression, but those that are at higher risk include:

  • Individuals with a history of depression, OCD, or anxiety.
  • Single parents or married mothers experiencing marital conflict.
  • Parents who have given birth to children with a disability.

If you feel you may be suffering from postpartum depression, contact your doctor for advice.

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