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When should I get help for postpartum depression?

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It is best to seek treatment for postpartum depression as soon as possible. If it's detected late or not at all, the condition may worsen. Also, experts have found that children can be affected by a parent's untreated postpartum depression. Such children may be more prone to sleep disturbances, impaired thinking development, insecurity, and frequent temper tantrums.

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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