What Is Postpartum Depression?

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  • Extreme Cases of Post-Partum Depression
  • Symptons
  • The Causes
  • How Is It Treated?
  • When to Call the Doctor
  • Prevention
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The Causes

After childbirth, women have a drop in estrogen and progesterone, which may contribute to this depression, according to Mayoclinic.com. Women who have a history of depression or postpartum depression have a greater chance of experiencing this illness. Lack of support from her partner, friends or family drives up these chances. A sickly baby and stress in other parts of her life can add to the possible causes. (Photo: i2i Images/Getty Images)

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