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What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?

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These symptoms usually dissipate by the 10th day. PPD lasts much longer than 10 days, and can go on for months following child birth.

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Women are particularly vulnerable to depression after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Many new mothers experience a brief episode of mild mood changes known as the “baby blues.” These symptoms usually dissipate by the 10th day. PPD lasts much longer than 10 days, and can go on for months following child birth. Acute PPD is a much more serious condition that requires active treatment and emotional support for the new mother. Some studies suggest that women who experience PPD often have had prior depressive episodes.
(Sources: National Institute of Mental Health and National Women’s Health Center.)

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