Postpartum depression without delivering a child?
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 112, Issue 3, pages 233–236, September 2005
How to Cite
Manfredi, G., Lazanio, S., Kotzalidis, G. D., Ruberto, A., Girardi, P. and Tatarelli, R. (2005), Postpartum depression without delivering a child?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 112: 233–236. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2005.00560.x
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication March 4, 2005
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.