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Question: Postpartum Depression? What's the difference between regular depression and post-partum (besides obviously that PPD is after you have a baby)? I've suffered from depression since my early teens, never used medication as treatment, and never considered myself "cured" but consider the good times to be times when my depression is in "remission" kinda like cancer. Anyway, I just had a baby boy a little over a month ago, and I'm definately experiecing more than "the baby blues." I already plan to talk to my doctor about this at my appointment next tuesday, but I want to know--how would I know (or the doctor know) whether it's PostPartum Depression or my regular depression back? What's the real difference? Thank you.

Answer: PPD is brought on by a hormonal imbalance, whereas the more common depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. My late wife suffered from PPD, which was treatable and eventually passed as her hormones came back into balance.

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