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What causes postpartum depression?

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There are many things that may cause you to have postpartum depression. If you’ve ever had depression before, or have had it with other pregnancies, you’re more likely to get it again.

Stress, problems with drugs or alcohol, low self-esteem, or trouble with your pregnancy can make postpartum depression more likely. So can having a baby with special needs.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

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