Abstract

Postpartum depression is a disorder that is often unrecognized and undertreated. Many psychosocial stressors may have an impact on the development of postpartum depression. The greater risk of postpartum depression is a history of major depression and those who have experienced depression during past pregnancies. Untreated maternal depression can have a negative effect on child development, mother-infant bonding, and risk of anxiety or depressive symptoms in infants later in life. Management of postpartum depression is a vital part of adequate medical care. The obstetrician and pediatrician can serve important roles in screening for and treating postpartum depression. To prevent adverse outcomes associated with depression and its impact on the child, it is important that all health care professionals and nurse practitioners are aware of specific signs and symptoms, appropriate screening methods, and proper treatment. This review article covers major traits of postpartum depression.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 534-542
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-25
Open Access
No
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