Study: ADHD Increases Risk for Postpartum Depression, Anxiety

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April 14, 2023

ADHD increases the likelihood of postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety in more significant and impactful ways than do other well-established risks like comorbid psychiatric disorders or sociodemographic factors in women, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. 1

The research found that 25% of women with ADHD had postpartum anxiety, compared to 4.61% of women without ADHD. In addition, almost 17% of women with ADHD had PPD, compared to 3.3% without ADHD.

“ADHD is an important risk factor for depression and anxiety disorders postpartum,” the researchers wrote. “Therefore, ADHD needs to be considered in maternal care, regardless of sociodemographic factors and other psychiatric disorders.” …

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