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    Recognizing & Reducing The Risk Of Postpartum Depression

      Thanks to the honesty of stars such as Brooke Shields, Hayden Panettiere, and Drew Barrymore, postpartum depression (PPD) now shows up more in the news. While increased discussion is great, many moms still may not understand what the disorder is and how it can affect them. PPD is a mood disorder that affects mothers in the weeks and months after the birth of a baby. Normal baby blues – the hormonal shift after birth that results in crying, uneasiness, and mood swings – should dissipate within two weeks. After that point, any lingering, worsening, or drastic changes in mood may indicate that a woman is experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive…