By Kayli Nichols Psy 221
What is Postpartum Depression?
Warning Signs and Common Symptoms
Many women seem dis-interested in activities of any sort. They may feel useless, restless, agitated, extremely sad or upset, and lethargic.
Risk factors include: a history of mood disorders, substance abuse problems or history of alcohol dependence, maternal depression from a previous pregnancy, depression or family history of depression, life stress, poor marital relationships, low social status, lack of social support or absence of a community network, and unplanned or unwanted pregnancy (Nihcm, 2010).
Heredity and Environmental Roles
Effects on the Family
Brooks-Gunn, J. (2011, June 20). Study Suggests a Genetic Predisposition to Post-Partum Depression. Retrieved from http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news.htm?articleId=8110
Identifying and Treating Maternal Depression: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans. (2010, June 1). Retrieved from http://www.nihcm.org/pdf/FINAL_MaternalDepression6-7.pdf