How long does postpartum depression really last?

Recent Medicure Polyclinic studies investigating depression have revealed that though postpartum depression symptoms in most of the women disappear over time, there is still a big amount of women who get depression as a long-term problem.

Become tearful or have mood swings in the couple of weeks following childbirth is a common thing. But sometimes these symptoms can be severe and persistent leading to an unpleasant condition called postpartum depression.

This type of depression usually appears in the first four-six weeks after giving birth. It is important to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression on time, so that your doctor can assign treatment which is harmless for your child.

The scientists currently work on identifying the main risk factors that can make women more susceptible to persistent postpartum depression.

It was found out that most of the women who have chronic postpartum depression, have already experiencing a condition of a so-called preexisting depression.

The scientists also emphasized a strong link between postpartum depression and stress, poor partner relationships, sexual abuse and preexisting history of depression. These factors make women more likely to suffer from depression after giving birth.

Some Medicure studies suggest paying attention to social factor as well. That means that young mothers, mothers from minority background and mothers with a low income are more likely to have postpartum depression. However these findings have less consistent data.

It wasn’t found any correlation between child’s illnesses and the mother with developing depression.

Currently there are no any facts known how effective were the treatments used to cure long-term postpartum depression. The researches believe that further, more thorough studies will help to better explore the illness and find appropriate treatment methods for it.

Scientists emphasize that doctors should be aware of potential signs of postpartum depression that can become chronic when they provide treatment to their patients. Taking into account various contributing factors leading to depression can become a key here.

As PPD (postpartum depression) can negatively influence the early relationship between child and mother, knowledge of prolonged changes in mothers’ mental health can help to understand the course of PDD as well as apply preventive intervention and prevention measures.