What is postpartum depression?

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

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