The recent research on postpartum depression in mice is interesting, thought not altogether surprising. The research explores the genetic similarities among “people” (read:mice) who appear to be more susceptible to PPD.
The suspicion is that at least one component of it lies among GABA receptors. We already know that benzodiazepines hit the GABA receptor so anxious and genetically susceptible people who experience an agitated postpartum episode get relief from meds (i.e. xanax) that target that vulnerability.
I LOVE that this research is taking place. We want more and more science behind our work!