Postpartum Disorder

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Postpartum disorder describes the range of emotional, physical, and behavioral changes often experienced by new mothers. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. While some new mothers experience a mild, brief bout of "baby blues," others suffer from postpartum depression, a much more serious condition. In some cases, new mothers may have postpartum psychosis, which is rare but severe and incapacitating.

Postpartum Disorder. Last reviewed 09/07/2006

Sources:

  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Nursing Research
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Mental Health Association
  • National Women's Health Information Center
  • Office of Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Depressive Symptoms in the Late Postpartum Among Low Socioeconomic Status Women