We already know that postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth, and it is unlikely to get better by itself.
This makes recognizing the symptoms of postpartum depression very important, so that doctors are able to provide the appropriate treatment without impacting the care of the baby.
In this new report, published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, researchers compared the findings of studies on postpartum depression published between 1985 and 2012. The researchers wanted to identify risk factors that make some women more prone to persistent postpartum depression.
They also wanted to see what limitations the existing studies into postpartum depression may have, and what implications this has had for women with postpartum depression and their children.
Although all follow-up studies examined in the review found that symptoms of postpartum depression decreased over time, the scores grading symptoms did not fall beneath the cut-off point for clinical depression for many women.