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How Common is Postpartum Depression?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:42 pm 
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Postpartum depression is caused by the drop in pregnancy hormones, which begins to occur shortly after a baby is born or a woman suffers a miscarriage. All women will have this drop in hormones, and some women experience the symptoms of depression. The American Psychiatric Association currently estimates that about 10% of women experience at least mild postpartum depression when a pregnancy ends.Postpartum depression tends to linger. Symptoms not typical of the baby blues include exhaustion, confusion, fears of harming the baby or one’s self, disinterest in the baby, and intensive periods of crying. Mood changes may be sudden, and the woman experiencing depression may not want to eat or may have difficultly sleeping.


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