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Cristescu T, Behrman S, Vann Jones S, Chouliaras L, Ebmeier KP. Be vigilant for perinatal mental health problems. Practitioner 2015; 259 (1780)19-23

Be vigilant for perinatal mental health problems

23 Mar 2015Pais-up subscribers

The postnatal period appears to be associated with higher rates of adjustment disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and depression. Women who have a history of serious mental illness are at higher risk of developing a postpartum relapse, even if they have been well during pregnancy. Postnatal depression is more severe than baby blues, follows a chronic course and may relapse outside the perinatal period. Bipolar disorder may present as a first depressive episode in pregnancy or the postnatal period. In the postpartum period women have a high risk of severe relapse.

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