Tag Archives: Postpartum

Essential Reads: Strategies for the Prevention of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a relatively common problem, affecting between 10% and 15% of women after delivery. Although it is difficult to reliably predict which women in the general population will experience postpartum depression, it is possible to identify certain subgroups of women who are at increased risk for postpartum affective illness. For example, women… Read More »

Is Postpartum Depression a Distinct Subtype of Depression? Taking a Closer Look at the Amygdala

While many women with postpartum depression (PPD) have had previous episodes of major depression and will go on to have other episodes of depression outside of the postpartum period, many have questioned whether postpartum depression represents a specific subtype of major depressive disorder (MDD), postulating that there may be characteristics which distinguish depression emerging during… Read More »

Suicide Attempts More Common During Postpartum Period, and More Lethal

While we have abundant data to demonstrate that the postpartum period is a time of increased vulnerability to psychiatric illness in women, it has been much more difficult to generate data estimating the risk of suicide during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Suicide is a rare event; however, suicidal ideation is relatively common among pregnant… Read More »