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What should you keep in mind about postpartum depression?

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Postpartum depression is a medical condition. It has nothing to do with your character, how good a mother you are, or how much you love your baby. It’s just like any other health problem -- you need care in order to get better.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  , 4th ed. 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Stewart, D.   2004   Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. , 2002. New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  , 4th ed. 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Stewart, D.   2004   Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,.

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. , 2002. New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

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