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No one is immune to postpartum depression – it can happen to anyone regardless of their psychiatric history. There are, however, high risk factors. Among others, some of these factors are a personal and/or family history of: depression or other mood disorder, anxiety, eating disorder, alcoholism, or substance abuse. If the woman is isolated for hours every day with the baby, if her emotional or physical support is poor, or if she has chronic sleep deprivation these can all make her more vulnerable, especially if she has a biochemical tendency toward depression. I hope this helps.

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D.
Author, Postpartum Depression For Dummies

October 6, 2008 - 1:56pm


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