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Q: I was diagnosed with postpartum depression after having my 2nd child. After a year I’m feeling better. I’m fairly certain I had it with my first kid too but did not receive an official diagnosis. If I have another child, will I experience it again?
Answer: Since you have already experienced postpartum depression, you have a higher risk of developing postpartum depression again. Risk factors include personal or family history of depression and anxiety, difficult pregnancy/delivery, unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, major life stressors, lack of social support from family/partner, multiple children under the age of 5, and health issues with mom and/or baby. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better! Even though you may have a higher risk, treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety is HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. Some women choose to treat with medication, natural remedies, diet and exercise, support groups, religious practices, or counseling. Many women find that a combination of these treatments is most effective. Find what works best for you and your family. Please reach out for support. Talk with your friends, family, and health care providers to find the right treatment. It is not your fault, you are not alone, and help is available!