Focus on Women's Mental Health: Perinatal Disorders: Advancing Public Health Opportunities
J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69:1602-1605
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Because this piece has no abstract, we have provided for your benefit the first 3 sentences of the full text.
Depression during childbearing is a major public health concern. The
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimated that 14.5% of
women develop depressive episodes during pregnancy and a similar percentage
develop depression in the first 3 months following birth. The agency commented
that the “specifics of the course of a depressive illness with onset during
the perinatal period, including the severe physiologic and psychological challenges
unique to this period that complicate the identification and management
of perinatal depression, seem to suggest that this topic would have a substantial
degree of high-quality research.