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17 September 2010

Brain anomaly in postpartum depression

Women with postpartum depression have differences in brain functioning which interferes with how they process their emotions, but also affects their reponse to their child.

Women with postpartum depression have differences in brain functioning that may interfere not only with how they process their own emotions, but also with their ability to be responsive to the emotions of their infants, new research suggests.

Postpartum depression, which affects an estimated 15% of new moms, is different than the typical "baby blues" that often occur after delivery, when a new mother may burst into tears at the drop of a hat, experts said.

 
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