Licensed clinical social worker Katie Monarch explains that if a mother has experienced depression, or a close family member suffered from postpartum depression/PPD, she is more likely to have PPD symptoms.
Katie L. Monarch:
Yes, that’s a contributing factor. If you have a family history of depression, if you yourself have experienced depression, if your mother had postpartum depression or a sister, yes, the likelihood is that you will have postpartum depression.
It is different than perhaps the depression that you experienced prior to the delivery in the sense that you do get better and through the therapy, sometimes it takes medication, through the support network, through talking about it, it’s a depression that you do come out of.
About Katie L. Monarch, L.C.S.W.:
Katie Monarch is the Project Director for the Post Partum Depression program at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, where she helped design an education-focused facility. At this hospital all new mothers are screened for postpartum depression through the Bridges for Newborns program using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).