Risk Factors for Post Partum Depression


Unfortunately, there is no way to predetermine if someone will have postpartum mood difficulties, but risk factors can increase the likelihood of having postpartum depression. These include:

  • Previous postpartum depression
  • Depression during pregnancy
  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Unexpected or sudden weaning
  • Social isolation or a lack of support
  • History of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Negative changes in mood when previously taking birth control pills
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Discontinuing psychiatric medication without first consulting with a physician or psychiatrist

It is important to note that depression often occurs as a combination of influences as opposed to being caused by one specific factor.