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Research links postpartum depression with diminished levels of 'anti-anxiety' hormone

March 22, 2017

Johns Hopkins researchers have found a link between postpartum depression and reduced levels of the hormone allopregnanolone, which is known for its anti-anxiety effects.

A small-scale study associated lower-than-usual levels of that hormone in the second trimester of pregnancy with higher risks of developing postpartum depression, in a group of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders.

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