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Urban moms more likely to suffer from postpartum depression

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Over 20 million people have been diagnosed with depression in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, one out of four people has experienced a form of depression at some point in their lives.

After pregnancy, women can be particularly prone to depression. Women who live in urban areas are more likely to develop postpartum depression, according to research from the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto.

Risk factors for postpartum depression include having low levels of social support and being born outside of the country. Between 10 and 15 percent of women develop persistent depression during the first year after their baby's birth. Just over 9 percent of women living in cities of 500,000 people or more had postpartum depression, versus 6 percent of women living in rural areas.

Individuals looking for treatment often turn to Depression Treatment Center to find ways for healing. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians prescribe a variety of therapies when dealing with people who suffer from depression.

They include:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Medication
  • Hospitalization
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Self help

In 2013, Case Western Reserve University published a study which found that new mothers suffering from postpartum depression are open to receiving professional care and counseling via the Internet and web-based applications. In the study, 53 percent of female respondents indicated they would turn to online interventions if offered by professional medical personnel.

The new moms indicated that the services should also be made available anonymously due to privacy and data security concerns. The women also preferred learning strategies to cope, information about depression, and blogging interactions with a health professional.

Perhaps residents of urban cities are more susceptible to suffer from depression. Large centers, including inner, cities often have less desirable living conditions than country settings such as wooded areas and farms. Nature also has healing quality.


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