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Perinatal Psychiatry: Risk Factors, Treatment Data, and Specific Challenges for Clinical Researchers

Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Published: March 18, 2008

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Perinatal psychiatric conditions that require intervention are common, and treatment decisions are complex. The psychosocial, psychodynamic, and medical aspects of pregnancy and new motherhood pose challenges and opportunities for our field. The interface between obstetrics and mental health is an area clouded by clinical dilemmas, as care is too often practiced without a net of an evidence base.’ ‹

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