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Frequency of Mood Disorders Associated with Pregnancy

Abstract: How common are mood disorders associated with childbearing?

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Frequency of Mood Disorders Associated with Pregnancy

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jul 2008.

How common are mood disorders associated with pregnancy?

Answer:

It is estimated that while more than 80% of peripartum (before childbirth) women may experience some fluctuations in mood in either the antepartum period or postpartum (after childbirth), only 10-20% meet the criteria for an affective disorder.

Prevalence:

Depressive symptoms in pregnancy 25-35 %
Postpartum "blues" 50-85 %
Postpartum depression 10-20 %
Postpartum psychosis 0.1-0.2 %
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