Postpartum depression, antenatal depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder related to birth are multi-faceted, complicated illnesses that can be caused by a number of different things. While some experts propose that these things have physical causes, others report psychological factors as the main cause. And others, like myself (although I would not consider myself an expert), believe it could be a little of each. Either way, all of us agree that the effects of these conditions are detrimental and should be prevented as much as possible. One research team noted that postpartum depression “is a serious mental health problem for women” and that “it’s consequences have serious implications for the welfare of the family and the development of the child.” (O’Hara and Swain,1996, p. 37)
Fortunately, drugs aren't the only solution. In fact, getting to the CAUSE of the PPD, PTSD, or Antenatal Depression is the only way to truly cure it instead of masking it with drugs, only to have it reappear later.
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Also, be sure to check out my other article on Natural Help For Depression: A Physical & Spiritual Illness.
Be blessed with good health--spiritually, physically, and mentally! ~Sara