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Definition of Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression: A form of severe depression after delivery that interferes with daily functioning and requires treatment. It can occur a few days, weeks, or even months after childbirth. A woman with postpartum depression may have feelings of sadness, despair, anxiety, and irritability to a severe degree. Treatment involves counseling and/or medications.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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