Postpartum Depression and Hormones


Postpartum Depression is said to be caused by the rapid increase and decrease of two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. During pregnancy these hormones increase rapidly and within the first 24 hours of childbirth they decrease rapidly to pre-pregnancy levels. These hormones also change during the women's menstrual period. These two hormones are steroid type hormones that support reproduction. Postpartum Depression is a form of a major depression that must not go untreated or it can lead to severe consequences.

Hormonal changes before the menstrual cycle, those that are sufficient enough to cause premenstrual syndrome, and severe hormonal changes during the menstrual period can lead a woman to react unpredictably to different situations. The same can happen during postpartum depression. For instance, she may begin to cry profusely or she may suddenly seem angered for no sufficient reason.

Likewise, depression can result from rapid hormonal changes. This can be due to the hormonal changes that have rapidly occurred in her body and this can be postpartum depression; this is why some researchers say that postpartum depression stems from hormonal changes. The same symptoms of postpartum depression seem to occur during menstrual periods in which the estrogen and progesterone rapidly increase and decrease, albeit the symptoms produced by hormonal changes during menstruation are far less severe.

When experiencing postpartum depression, a woman normally shouldn't spend a lot of time secluded from others as this can intensify feelings associated with the onset of depression. Further, if a woman suspects that she is experiencing postpartum depression, she needs to seek outside assistance as soon as possible: the sooner she gets help in managing the symptoms, the better off she will be in terms of psychological health.


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