Postpartum Depression: Who's at Risk?

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Postpartum Depression: Who's at Risk?
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 11:52am

It is generally agreed that depression during the postpartum period falls into three categories: "the blues," depression and psychosis. In general, the first two can be successfully treated without inpatient treatment.

Postnatal depression affects about 10 percent of women in the early weeks postpartum, with episodes typically lasting two to six months. There has been much research trying to prove a biological basis to postpartum depression. Inadequate hormones, thyroid dysfunction and immune changes brought on by stress are examples of the most popular theories.

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