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What things raise the risk of getting postpartum depression (PPD)?

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Things that raise the risk of postpartum depression include:

  • history of depression prior to becoming pregnant, or during pregnancy
  • age at time of pregnancy -- the younger you are, the higher the risk
  • mixed feelings about the pregnancy
  • children -- the more you have, the more likely you are to be depressed in a later pregnancy
  • history of depression or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • limited social support
  • living alone
  • marital conflict

From: Postpartum Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression: What Every Woman Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Post-partum Depression."

National Institutes of Health: News in Health: "Understanding Post Partum Depression, Common but Treatable."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression: What Every Woman Should Know."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Post-partum Depression."

National Institutes of Health: News in Health: "Understanding Post Partum Depression, Common but Treatable."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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