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Depressed mood during pregnancy and the puerperium: clinical recognition and implications for clinical practice
Am J Psychiatry 1985;142:728-731.
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Mild to moderate depression is common among women during the first 3 months postpartum. The authors studied 20 normal pregnant women in the hope of finding valid predictors of postpartum mood disorder. The subjects rated their level of emotions and various depressive symptoms at 26 and 36 weeks of pregnancy and filled out a brief questionnaire about the emotional circumstances of their pregnancy. The mood scales were repeated at 2 days and 6 weeks postpartum, along with a clinical interview. The antepartum mood scale identified women with postpartum depression and differentiated this condition from the more common, transient postpartum blues. Certain psychosocial variables also predicted postpartum distress. The authors discuss the implications of these findings, emphasizing the feasibility and necessity of routine screening for mood disturbances in prenatal and puerperal women.

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