Postpartum depression

Definition

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance, occurring at a time of major life change and increased responsibilities in the care of a newborn infant. PPD can have significant consequences for both the new mother and family.

How common is PPD?

  • An estimated 9-16 percent of postpartum women will experience PPD.

  • Among women who have already experienced PPD following a previous pregnancy, some prevalence estimates increase to 41 percent.

 

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