Postpartum Depression

  • Medical Author:
    Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD

    Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Quick GuidePostpartum Depression: Symptoms, Causes, and More in Pictures

Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Causes, and More in Pictures

What is the prognosis of postpartum depression?

Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are much more likely to have depression again sometime in the future. Children of mothers with PPD are at risk for emotional challenges as a result of problematic relationships with their mother.

Can postpartum depression be prevented?

Intensive nursing intervention in the form of visits to new mothers by a nurse can help prevent the development of postpartum depression.

Where can people get more information about postpartum depression?

Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation

200 E. Delaware Apt. 3D
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-867-7239
Email: info@ppdchicago.org

Kids Health -- Postpartum Depression and Caring for Your Baby
http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/ppd.html

Postpartum Education for Parents
http://www.sbpep.org

Postpartum Progress
http://postpartumprogress.com

Womenshealth.gov helpline (English and Spanish)
Phone: 800-994-9662
TDD: 888-220-5446
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST. (closed on federal holidays)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/23/2015

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