Postpartum DepressionPostpartum depression, which affects between 15-20 percent of women who give birth, usually begins during the first month following delivery. It may occur anytime during the first year after delivery. Treatment may include support groups or services, professional counseling or medication.
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Postpartum depression is the number one complication of having a baby, but don't let this common, treatable condition rob you of this special time in your family's life! Most mothers have heard about the "baby blues," a common condition that occurs in 50 to 80 percent of women within the first few days after delivery and usually lasts a few days to two weeks.
Postpartum depression and/or anxiety is more intense and long-lasting than the "baby blues," and it can emerge anytime in the first year after birth. Postpartum depression affects 15 to 20 percent of patients, and many of these mothers were depressed during pregnancy or had a history of depression or anxiety.
Risk factors for postpartum depression include:
- A history of severe PMS
- Social isolation
- Having a poor support system
- Having a history of abuse