Postpartum Depression Statistics

Postpartum Depression is gradually becoming a major concern for the new mothers.

Postpartum Depression is one of the common forms of depression noticed among new mothers. Usually this type of depression is diagnosed in the mothers within few months of delivery. In most of the cases, Postpartum Depression gets cured of its own without any major concern. However, in certain situations this depression can have damaging effect to the mother and child and can lead to serious consequences including stressful marital relation, difficulty in bonding with the child

The statistics on Postpartum Depression reveals several concerns. In general, the number of women affected by depression is higher than for men. The occurrence of depression is primarily high among the age group of 25-45. Postpartum Depression is likely to thus occur most in this age group

Here are some statistical figures related to Postpartum Depression.

  • As per the latest statistical report published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of self-reported Postpartum Depression in various states of USA, varies between 11.7-20.4%.
  • Among the different states of USA, three states have reported to have 12% women, who were moderately depressed after giving birth to their child. However, 6% women reported to feel severe depression after their baby was born.
  • The level of Postpartum Depression is comparatively higher for the women with certain conditions like teenage pregnancy, less or not adequately literate mothers, victims of some type of physical abuse, mothers with smoking habit, poor financial status etc. Mothers with a low-birth-weight baby can also get easily affected with Postpartum Depression.
  • According to the statistical report of CDC, Postpartum Depression increases by age.
  • Black women experience highest level of Postpartum Depression in comparison to White and other races.

It is important to take actions to prevent this situation. One of the best ways to handle the scenario is to educate pregnant women about Postpartum Depression and its consequences. In certain circumstances, they can also consult their obstetrician to treat their  depressive mindset once the baby is born.

Clinical trials are being conducted to develop new treatments for Post Partum Depression. Some of these clinical trials are –

T- BOOM Teens–Building Options and Opportunities for Moms

Adding an Insulin-Sensitizing Medication to Depression Treatment for People Who Are Depressed and Overweight

TRIAD – Treatment of Insomnia and Depression

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