Dr. Dresner explains how common Postpartum Depression (PPD) is and the possible risk factors.
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The Risks and Prevalence of Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression occurs in about 15 percent of new mothers. Risk factors, women who are at risk, are women who have had a previous episode of depression in their lifetime, and women who have poor social support. So somebody who is coming into motherhood in the midst of conflictual marriage or at a situation where there’s been a loss or change in her life, where she has moved to a new community and has no social supports, those individuals are at risk, as at risk as women who have a personal history or past history of depression or family history of depression.