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When do doctors check on postpartum depression risk?

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Doctors now check on risk factors in new moms as early as their first prenatal care visit. If a pregnant woman is at risk for postpartum depression, her doctor can evaluate her moods throughout the pregnancy. After a woman gives birth, she and those close to her should watch for signs and symptoms of depression. Her doctor should look for such signs at her six-week postpartum visit, as well.

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,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

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

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 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,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

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

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

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