Nearly one in nine women have symptoms associated with postpartum depression following pregnancy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though PPD is common, serious and something that we all need to know about, it isn’t the only psychological issue that can follow the birth of a child, as recent research from the University of British Columbia has revealed.

Postpartum mood disorders can include a host of issues and according to the recent study published in Birth, anger is an often overlooked issue that doctors tend to skip over. Like depression and anxiety, postpartum anger is real and can have serious consequences. Postpartum anger can occur on its own or accompanied by PPD. If left untreated, postpartum anger can negatively affect the mother, those around her and her child or children.

So why would a postpartum mama develop an anger issue? Well there are the hormones. The rollercoaster ride that is the post-pregnancy phase can cause powerful emotions that are tough to deal with.

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There are also moms who grapple with unmet expectations—especially for women with PPD. A new mama who is struggling to bond with her baby, breastfeed or just isn’t meeting their own self-made expectations can get more than bitter—she can get angry.

An angry mother can put her child at a greater risk for developing emotional issues. And that’s what makes this new research so important. If docs aren’t screening for postpartum anger, they may be missing a major opportunity to help both mamas and their kids.

—Erica Loop

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