70 percent of all mothers experience postpartum symptoms
German and Canadian researchers have found that as many as 70 percent of all mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression but most recover quickly.
Levels of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A increase dramatically in the female brain in the days following delivery, say Julia Sacher of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and Jeffrey Meyer of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Enzyme levels were, on average, 43 percent higher in the brains of women who had just had a baby than in brains of women in the control group, women who had no children or had given birth a long time ago, the researchers have said.
Sacher says in a statement, "Our results have the exciting potential for prevention for severe postpartum blues. This could have an impact on prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the future."
The Archives of General Psychiatry has published the findings. (With inputs from Agencies)