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How do "postpartum" and regular depression differ?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Timing and Cause

Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.
). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.

In brief: Timing and Cause

Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.
). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.
Dr. Patrick Weix
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Very little if any

The primary clue is that it occurs shortly after delivery, but it can manifest as classic depressive symptoms.
It is important to note that some individuals can develop severe anxiety or psychosis. A current resident of mine, dr. Allen-peck put together a web page for more information. See: http://www.Cpancf.Com/articles_files/postpartumdepression.Asp.

In brief: Very little if any

The primary clue is that it occurs shortly after delivery, but it can manifest as classic depressive symptoms.
It is important to note that some individuals can develop severe anxiety or psychosis. A current resident of mine, dr. Allen-peck put together a web page for more information. See: http://www.Cpancf.Com/articles_files/postpartumdepression.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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