What causes Post Partum Depression?

Postpartum depression can be a troubling condition. A woman who experiences postpartum depression may feel, in addition to her depression, a sense of guilt that she is not bubbling over with joy about her new baby. In addition, post partum depression can interfere with a woman’s relationship with her new baby and her responsibilities as a new mother.

What Is Postpartum Psychosis?

Postpartum psychosis refers, most simply, to psychosis brought on by having a baby. Postpartum psychosis is not the same thing as postpartum depression, although some women who experience one will experience the other. Postpartum psychosis is much less common than postpartum depression, and affects around one to two women for every thousand women that give birth.

Can Severe Postpartum Depression Be Dangerous?

Postpartum depression can be extremely debilitating. It can also rob a new mother of some of the joys of having her new baby. Post partum depression affects as many as 1 out of 8 women during the first few months of their child’s life. Especially when left untreated, postpartum depression can become not only debilitating, but dangerous.