Inflammation in the brain was associated with postpartum depression
Immune system linked to postpartum depression - latest science news in short

A new study showed that signs of inflammation are found in brain areas responsible for mood regulation in an animal model of postpartum depression. This suggests a link between the immune system, the brain, and depression.

About 15% of mothers experience depression after birth. The study found that immune system changes triggered inflammation in the medial prefrontal cortex. In the animals used for the study, this was induced by a stressful pregnancy.

“Postpartum depression is understudied and, as a result, remains poorly understood,” said the lead author. It is hoped that future research in this direction could improve the lives of women affected by the disorder.

Read the full story: The Ohio State University
Scientific publication: Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2018