Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety in New Moms

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Postpartum depression occurs in some women in the months after they have a child. It can lead to irritability, moodiness and sleep disturbances. In some women, it can also lead to thoughts of suicide. The mother’s mood and unhealthy behaviors can also have an effect on the well-being of the newborn.

Because of this, postpartum depression is recognized as a very serious illness that requires treatment and considerable support from family and friends.

A recently published study showed that women who develop postpartum depression are more likely to have been suffering from a mental health illness before and during pregnancy. The women in the study who had postpartum depression were likely to have struggled with bipolar disorder or an anxiety disorder while pregnant.

If you want to know more about mental health conditions in new moms, visit this link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/postpartum-depression-can-be-red-flag-for-other-psychiatric-illnesses/article9838576/

Also, you may want to check out last week’s article on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and new motherhood.

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