- Women who are under constant stress, or who are more prone to reacting to social, economic and psychological pressures are also considered to be a high risk for the condition.
Stress factors can include:
- Women who feel socially isolated and alienated with little support
- Single mothers living alone
- Changes in your work environment or in your intimate relationship
- Worrying about impending parenthood
- Concerns about finances
- Any intensely stressful time during the course of the pregnancy or deliver
Of course, there are also other biological factors at play that can be to blame for post-partum depression causes:
- A history of post partum depression in previous pregnancies
- The younger you are at the time of your pregnancy, the higher the risk
- Have a close family member who suffers from depression
- A history of PMDD – premenstrual dysphoric syndrome
Thankfully, as hopeless as the situation might seem at the time, post-partum depression is now a recognized problem, so doctors will take it seriously. Treatment is available through counselling, support groups, and in some cases, temporary medication.
Preparing for the possibility will not prevent post-partum depression, but it will help you to cope better. Be aware of the fact that everything might not be as perfect as you imagined it, anticipate mood swings and sleep deprivation, and try to get as much help as you can during the first few weeks to combat it. Forget about social obligations – soon enough you will be able to juggle it all gracefully like the supermom you envisioned yourself to be.
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