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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2001 Dec;39(12):23-30.

Identification and classification of postpartum psychiatric disorders.

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  • 1Raritan Valley Community College, Box 3300, Somerville, NJ 08876, USA.


1. Postpartum depression has been used as a catchall phase for many postpartum emotional symptoms. Categorizing a number of diverse disorders under one title has resulted in an inability to identify who is most at risk for developing postpartum problems. 2. The postpartum period is a particularly vulnerable period for depression, despite the fact that it is perceived as a time of joy and emotional well-being. 3. By increasing awareness among all health care professionals who care for women during the period following childbirth, postpartum psychiatric disorders can be identified early and treated correctly. 4. Limiting postpartum psychiatric disorders to postpartum depression may result in limited or inappropriate treatment options.

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