If you are about to become a mother or have a newborn into your family, you might want to be on lookout for postpartum depression. This type of depression is experienced by approximately 20% of mothers in the U.S. and can be detrimental both to the mother and the baby.
The good news is that an international team of experts have come across an indicator that can show whether women will experience postpartum depression or not. The study’s findings have been published in Frontiers in Genetics and its main pioneer was Jessica Conelly, assisted by several institutions from the U.S. and England.
The study was conducted on approximately 550 mothers from which 269 suffered postpartum depression while the other 276 experienced no such state. It looks like mothers with this type of depression have a lower level of oxytocin (also known as the hormone of love) in their bodies, thus develop divergent behavioral patterns towards their babies.
Jessica Conelly seems enthusiastic about the result. She mentioned that the disorder can be treated more accurately now that we know how to properly identify it. Other researchers also show the benefits of the study by declaring that this is only the beginning of developing resolutions for postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression manifests itself through inappropriate feelings towards the newborn. Mothers might not feel attached to their children or might not feel anything at all. They might also be continually stressed for the child’s wellbeing even though there might be no need for that and, ultimately, they might think that they are not fit to take care of the baby.
For the time being, postpartum depression is only treated via antidepressant drugs and psychological therapy. However, discovering it in time can greatly increase study as to how to treat it more effectively.
In the end, the most important thing is that the relationship between a mother and her child be the warmest and most welcoming in the world. The fact that a hormone is impeding such a relationship is something that we might be able to overcome. There is no greater sight than a mother embracing her new son.
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