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Define postpartum depression and describe its causes?

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Dr. Andrew Villa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Difficulty coping

Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks.
It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery. It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined. These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication.

In brief: Difficulty coping

Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks.
It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery. It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined. These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication.
Dr. Andrew Villa
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Post-partum depressi

Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months.
Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis is good with treatment.

In brief: Post-partum depressi

Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months.
Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis is good with treatment.
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