The Long Lasting Effects of Postpartum Depression


A recent study out of the UK found that moms who experience postpartum depression for eight months after delivery are more likely to have long lasting depression as depression symptoms were more likely to be found 11 years later.

The study also found that this long-lasting depression is likely to adversely affect the women’s babies as the children of women with long lasting depression were twice as likely to have behavioral problems. This is from a preliminary study and more research is needed.  However, the study does indicate that postpartum depression, if left untreated could go on to have greater consequences, including a healthy attachment with the baby.

If you think you might be experiencing postpartum depression, call your physician and let them know how you are feeling.



In An Emergency

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PPD Moms: Postpartum Depression Resources