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Mental Illness and Mothers

  • By: Denise Vallance
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Current data suggest that approximately one-half of all women with serious mental illness are mothers. Though relatively few children live with parents who are psychotic, many parents suffer from persistent problems such as anxiety disorder, chronic depression, bipolar disorder, or personality disorder. Short-term depression is the most frequently found mental illness. Women may have children before they develop a mental disorder; in fact, serious mental health problems may first occur during a woman's pregnancy or soon after giving birth. Some women experience their first episode of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorder during this time. Others suffer from postpartum depression.

Pregnancy and Hormone Related

Postpartum depression occurs in an estimated 10 percent of births and usually appears in the first month after giving birth, although it may ...

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