What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of having a certain problem. Risk factors for postpartum depression include:
- A history of postpartum depression. This puts you at high risk of having it again.
- Poor support from family, partner, and
- High life stress, such as a sick or
colicky newborn, financial troubles, or family
- Physical limitations or
problems after childbirth.
- Depression during a current pregnancy.
- Previous depression.
- Bipolar disorder, also known as
manic-depression. It also increases the risk of dangerous
psychotic behavior after childbirth.
- A family history of depression or bipolar
premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is the
severe type of
premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Risk factors for postpartum
- A personal or family history of
- Previous postpartum
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
March 8, 2012
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