Postpartum depression without delivering a child?
Abstract:Manfredi G, Lazanio S, Kotzalidis GD, Ruberto A, Girardi P, Tatarelli R. Postpartum depression without delivering a child?
Acta Psychiatr Scand 2005: 1–4. © 2005 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objective:
Depression in people related to delivering women is documented in their mates, but only anecdotal in other family members. We describe a case of depression in a woman who had previously experienced postpartum depression after the birth of her nephew. Method:
A clinical description of the case. Results:
A 53-year-old woman, hysterectomized at age 47 years, was admitted for attempted suicide. She developed major depressive episode 1 month after her daughter had delivered a son. She had a past history of two postpartum depressive episodes clinically identical to the current episode. The episode resolved after 5 weeks. At 1-year follow-up, the patient is still asymptomatic. Conclusion:
Psychological and cultural factors were at play in this case more than hormonal and biopsychosocial ones.