During an Epidemic, Postpartum Depression Symptoms Report Yourself

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The researchers found that U.S. national rates of PDS increased from 6.5 percent prepandemic to 6.9 percent during the pandemic, with significant worsening during the first year of the pandemic. There was a negative association between percent change in PDS across states and both COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents and the 2020 unemployment rate for women. Changes in PDS were not associated with COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, percent job loss, percent change in women’s unemployment rate, or the percentage of population staying at home.

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  • Mira A. Bajaj, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues assessed changes in PDS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis included responses from users of the Flo mobile health application who completed a survey about their mood within 90 days of giving birth (prepandemic: 159,478 women; pandemic period: 118,622 women).