What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a type of depression that affects women after they have given birth. It is a mood disorder that can develop within the first few weeks or months after delivery, but can also occur up to a year after giving birth.
PPD can cause feelings of sadness, anxiety, exhaustion, and hopelessness, which can interfere with a mother’s ability to care for herself or her baby. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last for weeks or months.
Risk factors for PPD include a history of depression or anxiety, a difficult pregnancy or delivery, a lack of social support, and hormonal changes. Treatment for PPD may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both, and is important for the mother’s health and the well-being of her baby.
Shervan K Shahhian