Young women are the most vulnerable to postpartum mental ill
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This study presents strong evidence that the effect of childbirth on mental illness is highly age-dependent.

Younger women are far more vulnerable to mental illness following childbirth.

Knowing which women are most affected by childbirth will:

Aid the aetiological understanding of postpartum mental illness, inform development of targeted public health interventions,

Allow clinicians to provide accurate risk information to women and their families.

Whilst childbirth is a leading cause of mental illness in women, how it affects women at different ages is unknown. A study was conducted to examine whether the effect of childbirth on mental illness varies at different ages.

Strong evidence is presented that the effect of livebirth on mental illness was age-dependent for depression, anxiety and affective psychosis. In 15-19-year-olds, depression was over seven times more likely to occur in postpartum periods than non-postpartum periods; twice the effect in women overall. 15-19-year-olds were 50% more likely to develop anxiety in postpartum periods than non-postpartum periods, with little effect in women overall. Livebirth had over twice the effect on affective psychosis in women aged 15-24 compared to women overall

Conclusively, younger women are far more vulnerable to the effect of childbirth on their mental health, particularly depression and anxiety.

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0165032720326124?via=ihub
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