Health Tip: Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

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(HealthDay News) -- Postpartum depression is a mental illness that affects women after pregnancy.

The National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of risk factors for postpartum depression:

  • Having a personal or family history of depression or another mental illness.
  • Having insufficient support from friends and family.
  • Feeling negative or anxious about pregnancy.
  • Having problems in a relationship, or financial difficulties.
  • Dealing with stressful life events.
  • Being young during pregnancy.
  • Having a substance abuse problem.

-- Diana Kohnle

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