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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2008 Sep;35(3):419-34, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2008.04.004.

Perinatal depression.

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  • Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, LAC-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA. edosset@edossettmd.com


Despite the fact that childbirth is often a time of joy for a family, the occurrence of perinatal depression is very common. It is essential for the depressed patient to be identified and treated during the pregnancy or postpartum because the failure to treat can have significant morbidity and even mortality for the woman and the child. Despite various concerns several antidepressant medications are generally safe and, after a careful risk/benefit analysis and informed consent, indicated for the severely depressed pregnant or lactating patient.

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