About 5% of new mothers likely experience high levels of depression up to three years postpartum. Based on a study that assessed incidence of depression at four months, and again at 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months, there are four postpartum depression types. About 74.7% of the mothers participating in the study had low-stable depression; at each assessment they had a very low level of depressive symptoms. Another 8.2% had symptoms that started low but increased over time. About 12.6% had initial moderate symptoms that remitted over time. About 4.5% had high and persistent . . .
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