Interaction of oxytocin level and past depression may predict postpartum depressive symptom severity

  title={Interaction of oxytocin level and past depression may predict postpartum depressive symptom severity},
  author={Suena H. Massey and Stephanie A Schuette and Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo and Katherine L Wisner and Cameron S. Carter},
  journal={Archives of Women's Mental Health},
We examined plasma oxytocin concentration and postpartum depression (PPD) symptom severity in women who were not depressed during pregnancy and whether this differed by major depressive disorder (MDD) history. We assessed psychiatric history and plasma oxytocin in 66 healthy pregnant women in the third trimester (M = 35 ± 3 weeks) and depressive symptoms at 6 weeks postpartum (M = 5.9 ± 0.8 weeks). Linear regression analysis was used to examine oxytocin and PPD symptom severity and moderation… CONTINUE READING
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