Childbirth can trigger many powerful emotions in both parents, ranging from excitement and delight to anxiety and depression. When signs of depression occur after birth, they can signal postpartum depression. Experts still have a lot to learn about the causes of this condition, but hormonal changes after childbirth are a probable factor in women. Symptoms of postpartum depression or PPD usually begins two to four weeks after the birth of the child and may last up to a year.
Individuals with PPD experience an enduring sense of sorrow and hopelessness and may be in low spirits all the time, even former hobbies and passions failing to interest or please them. Often, mothers cannot pinpoint reasons for this sadness, though some connect it to their newborn. In rare cases, PPD can cause mothers to begin resenting their children and ignoring parental duties.
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