Researchers develop animal model to study postpartum depression, treatments

November 19, 2014 7:25 PM

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Researchers develop animal model to study postpartum depression, treatments

Anywhere from 8 to 19 percent of women report having frequent postpartum depressive symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these mothers who seek medical care are treated with conventional antidepressants, but little is known about the diagnosis itself. Now, scientists have developed an animal model to study postpartum depression and how to treat it.

“Lots of women get depressed, lots end up taking these antidepressants, but surprisingly not a lot is known about what actually causes postpartum depression and because of that, we don’t really know the best way to treat it,” Benedetta Leuner, senior study author and assistant professor of psycholog...

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