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Postpartum Depression - What Increases Your Risk

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of having a certain problem. Risk factors for postpartum depression include:

Risk factors for postpartum psychosis include:

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Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Despite the fact that postpartum depression has been evident for centuries, many experts believe it is not being properly diagnosed. As knowledge about postpartum depression grows, more health care providers are looking for risk factors in their patients as early as their first prenatal care visit. If a woman is at risk, her health care provider can evaluate her moods throughout the pregnancy. After a woman gives birth, she and those close to her should watch for signs and symptoms of depression...

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  • A personal or family history of bipolar disorder.
  • Previous postpartum psychosis.
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Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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