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Postpartum Depression

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by Badash M


Postpartum depression is a type of depression that affects some women shortly after childbirth. It is not uncommon for women to experience temporary mood disorders after giving birth. If it goes on for more than two week, it is called postpartum depression.

Risk Factors

Factors that can increase your chance of developing postpartum depression include:
Central Nervous System
Female brain nerves torso
Hormonal changes in the brain may contribute to postpartum depression.
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Symptoms usually occur within six months after childbirth, though they may begin during the pregnancy and may last from a few weeks to a few months. It most often started within the first few weeks after childbirth. Symptoms may range from mild depression to severe psychosis.
Symptoms may include:
More serious symptoms associated with postpartum depression that may require immediate medical attention include:
  • Lack of interest in your infant
  • Fear of hurting or killing oneself or one's child
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Loss of contact with reality


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US Department of Health and Human Services Women's Health



Canadian Psychological Association

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