Treating Postpartum Depression: A Look at the Evidence
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 3, Number 10, October 2005
Daniel Carlat, MD
Dr. Carlat has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
What is postpartum depression (PPD), and why does it occur? PPD is generally defined as major depressive symptoms occurring within three months of childbirth. Don’t confuse PPD with the very common postpartum blues, a phenomenon that occurs in over half of women who give birth, peaks about four days after delivery, and fully remits by 10 days postpartum (N Engl J Med 2002; 347:194-199).