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Mood Disorders Associated with Childbearing

Abstract: What kind of mood disorders happen during/after pregnancy?

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Mood Disorders Associated with Childbearing

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jul 2008.

What kind of mood disorders happen during/after pregnancy?


Psychiatric disorders associated with childbearing have been recognized for centuries and are traditionally divided into three categories which reflect severity: postpartum or maternity blues, postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum or puerperal psychosis.

Epidemiological surveys have estimated that more than 80% of the women of reproductive age experience some depressive mood symptoms attributed to either the antepartum or postpartum period. The American Psychiatric Association has recently acknowledged that there is a specific link between mood disorders and childbearing, and that psychiatric disorders triggered by pregnancy or birth have unique characteristics.

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