Monthly Archives: August 2013

What is the Link between PMS and Postpartum Depression?

Women with premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder experience symptoms during the premenstrual phase of their cycles.   Because levels of estrogen and progesterone do not differ significantly between women with PMS and those without, it has long been hypothesized that PMS/PMDD represents an abnormal response to normal hormonal fluctuations (Schmidt et al, 1998).

Postpartum Depression in Women with Babies in the NICU

Having a newborn child to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is stressful to parents.  It would be easy to imagine that in this environment, women may be more vulnerable to postpartum depression (PPD).  A recent study assessed the incidence of PPD in a total of 131 mothers with infant admitted to the NICU.