Postpartum depression

Postpartum or postnatal depressive disorder, similar to depression during pregnancy, is mainly caused by hormonal changes brought about by the pregnancy. The onset of this type of depressive disorder can occur as late as 18 months after labor.

An estimated seventy percent of women experiences postpartum depressive disorder. Many of these cases are fairly mild and last only a few days, while others are more severe and can last much longer. The latter types will typically require medical treatment. It is believed that the more severe cases tend to affect women who have lower self-esteem, or women who have had prior history of depression, or single mothers who lack the necessary support from close ones.

The symptoms of postpartum depressive disorder are similar to most other types of depressive disorders, including depression during pregnancy. Learning how to fight depression of this kind is thus also similar to most other types of clinical depression, and getting support and help from friends and family can aid greatly. The symptoms include irritability, inability to focus, sleeping problems, headaches, constantly feeling depressed, a sense of dread or sadness and a loss of interest in pretty much everything. Continue reading