Depression

Updated 23 June 2014

What causes PND?

There is no single cause of Post Natal Depression. A combination of factors can contribute to the condition.

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There is no single cause of Post Natal Depression. Contrary to what many people believe, PND is not "just hormonal", because fathers and adoptive mothers can suffer from it too. A combination of factors can contribute to the condition, such as:

  • being a perfectionist
  • lack of support
  • a traumatic birth
  • financial and other stress
  • loneliness
  • an unsatisfactory relationship with the baby's father
  • a previous history of depression.

A woman is vulnerable when she has recently given birth and the combination of too many stress factors at this time causes some women to develop PND.

 

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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