Postapartum Depression, Suicide and the Seasons…

New research by Katherine Wisner, MD (Seasonal Effects on Depression Risk and suicdidal Symptoms in Postpartum Women, Sit D, Seltman H, Wisner KL.) reports that effects of seasonal light changes may influence the risk for depression, but not suicidal ideation of postpartum women.

The study showed that the risk for postpartum Depression varied significantly throughout the 12-months of the year, with the risk of depression highest in December. The authors state there was no seasonal variation with respect to suicidality.

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