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One in Four Pregnant Women Suffers from Psychiatric Illness: How Can We Identify and Support Them?

  The title of the following article did not grab my attention; however, I discovered that this study, entitled Accuracy of the Whooley questions and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in identifying depression and other mental disorders in early pregnancy published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, has some incredibly important findings. First of all, […]

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Announcing the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS) Mobile App Now Available for Android

  Following the release of the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS) on the App Store this past August, we are pleased to announce that the MGHPDS is now available for Android devices on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.womensmentalhealth.mghpds The MGHPDS smartphone app includes digital versions of perinatal depression screening tools including the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression […]

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How Are We Doing: What Happens to Women Who Screen Positive for Postpartum Depression?

  Postpartum depression (PPD) screening has been increasingly implemented not only in obstetric, but also in primary care and pediatric settings, over the past decade.  While there is a growing appreciation for the prevalence of PPD and an understanding of the debilitating effects it can have if not treated, few studies have investigated the course […]

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Postpartum depression: Moving toward improved screening with a new app

The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. Please see our OB/GYN News archives here. Publish date: November 22, 2017 Over the last several years, there’s been increasing interest and ultimately a growing number of mandates across dozens of states to screen women for postpartum depression (PPD). As PPD is the most common, and often devastating, complication […]

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How Can We Screen for Perinatal Depression in the Developing World?

While perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) have a global footprint, the majority of research related to this group of illnesses has come largely from more affluent, Westernized countries.  Similarly, the tools used to detect and screen for PMADs were developed and tested in these Westernized countries.   The instrument most commonly used to detect […]

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Depression Trajectories Across the Peripartum Period: Many Women Depressed During the First Postpartum Year

In the earliest studies, postpartum depression was described an episode of depression associated with childbirth, typically emerging within the first three months after delivery.  As more research has been carried out, we have learned that a sizeable number of  women with PPD actually begin to experience symptoms during pregnancy.  The bottom line is that women […]

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Using the EPDS to Measure Postpartum Depression Severity

  The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is the instrument most commonly used to identify depression in postpartum women.  Traditionally, a cut-off score of 13 is used to distinguish depressed from nondepressed women.  Because depression exists along a continuum with regard to severity, this yes-or-no approach to the diagnosis of depression has its limitations.  By […]

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By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Screening for Postpartum Depression Isn’t Enough

About ten years ago, we ran a collaborative project with our obstetrics department here at MGH where we screened all new mothers for postpartum depression.  The screening went well.  Nearly all the women completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) at their 6-week postpartum visit.  We contacted the women with scores on the EPDS suggestive […]

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The Postpartum Stressors Scale: A Tool For Identifying Postpartum Women at Risk

Stressful life events occurring during pregnancy and the postpartum period have consistently been identified as a risk factor for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  While we have instruments to assess for stressful life events and to measure perceived stress, such as the well-established Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, these tools do not necessarily assess factors […]

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By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Is It Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety? What’s The Difference?

Meet Christine.  She is a married 30-year-old woman who just had her first baby about 3 weeks ago.  While the pregnancy went smoothly, the experience of labor and delivery was difficult.  After nearly 20 hours of labor, Christine had an emergency caesarean section.  The baby was healthy, but he had difficulty breastfeeding.  Christine was worried […]

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