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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Doctors at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland are trying to learn more about the causes of, treatments for, and genetic factors in postpartum depression (PPD). PPD develops around the time a woman gives birth. Women with PPD often struggle with anxiety, sadness, difficulty sleeping, or disturbing thoughts. Research suggests that it is triggered by changes in hormones and that women with PPD are sensitive to those changes. PPD occurs in approximately 15% of births.

You are invited to call the National Institute of Mental Health at 301-496-9576 for information on our research studies of Postpartum Depression (PPD). If you had PPD in the past, please call us. Together we can make a difference.

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