Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur

This is a topic that gets very little play time in the news and is relatively unknown to the majority of the population.  Postpartum depression is real and occurs regularly due to the fluctuation in hormones, the stress of delivery, the feeling of overwhelm at having a new person to care for.  Many women are just told to “suck it up and get over it” but the truth is that postpartum depression could last as long as a year and needs to be treated if the mother and baby are to bond correctly.

This article is very informative and gives really good information, so please do read it and let me know what you think about the topic.  There are very good links to other articles about the subject that you might also want to read so your understanding of this terrible illness is complete.  The period after birth should be a time for happiness and for mother-baby bonding and when postpartum depression occurs, it interrupts that process at a very crucial time.

Please click over to read the article and then spend a few more minutes reading the additional articles provided in the links.  You will be better prepared to deal with this situation if it occurs in your family.

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Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur

Mood disorder seen in 1 in 200 new moms with no psychiatric history

By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows.

Postpartum depression occurs 27 to 46 times more frequently during subsequent pregnancies for mothers who experienced it after their first birth, researchers report.

These results show that women who have had postpartum depression in the past should prepare themselves if they get pregnant again, said lead researcher Marie-Louise Rasmussen, an epidemiologist with Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen.

Antidepressants or psychotherapy could help cushion the blow or even head off postpartum depression, Rasmussen said.

“In theory, psychotherapy is preferred but not always sufficient and not always available. Often, the general practitioner has to add antidepressant medication,” Rasmussen said. “Social support from the spouse and surroundings is also very important.”

In most cases, women can expect to shake off their postpartum depression within a year, the researchers found.

“Based on this data, we would think for most women who receive treatment, their depression should be treated and resolved in six months or less,” said Dr. James Murrough. He’s director of the mood and anxiety disorders program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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