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By On December 15th, 2006

Postpartum Depression More Common

A recent study of 1.1 million Danish residents from around 1973 to July 2005 sheds some new light on postpartum depression. Among other findings, the study showed that postpartum depression is more common in new mothers. The study determined that at least fifteen percent of new mothers develop postpartum depression. The findings indicated that postpartum depression could evolve into or accompany other mental illnesses such as clinical depression, bipolar and schizophrenia. Postpartum depression typically starts 10-19 days after giving birth and can linger for years thereafter if not appropriately treated. Among the 1.1 million studied, 1,171 mothers were hospitalized for a mental disorder after childbirth. The following is an excerpt of the article:

Postpartum depression is more common than previously thought. A new study shows at least 15 percent of all new mothers get it. For some it can be severe and can include clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Postpartum depression typically begins 10 to 19 days after giving birth. Scientists say new mothers are more prone to psychiatric illness because of hormonal changes that accompany childbirth, but many women are reluctant to tell a doctor.


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