Post-partum depression is more common than was previously thought. With early intervention, PPD can be treated. Signs of PPD include weepiness, anxiety, panic attacks, detachment and withdrawal from family and friends. Babies exposed to PPD may suffer from emotional neglect. There has been evidence that this neglect can actually affect brain development. Sleep deprivation and isolation contribute to post-partum depressionIt is thought that as many as 25% of new mothers suffer from PPD.At babycenter.com you can find lots of very helpful information on PPD as well as other pre andpost pregnancy topics. Read here more information on post partum depression.