Dr. Shoshana Bennett answers the question, "Are Women With A History Of Depression More Likely To Get Postpartum Depression / PPD?" Dr. Bennett (Dr. Shosh) is a licensed psychologist who founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. Dr. Bennett is the Immediate Past President of Postpartum Support International and a past president of California’s state organization Postpartum Health Alliance.
The short answer to that question is “yes,” women with a past history of depression are definitely at higher risk than others. However, no one is immune, anyone. Any woman, even with a clean history as we call it, with no history at all of any mood disorder, depression or otherwise. It does not mean that they could not get a postpartum depression. So this information is important to get out to every pregnant woman and every new mom and couple.
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