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J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2008 Oct;15(8):645-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01282.x.

Reflections on the notion of post-natal depression following examination of the scoring pattern of women on the EPDS during pregnancy and in the post-natal period.

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  • 1Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull, UK.

Abstract

The scoring pattern of case-positive women on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was explored over the antenatal and post-natal period. Individual analysis of EPDS scores over the antenatal and post-natal period revealed a picture of depressive symptom reporting inconsistent with the notion of a distinct and separate entity of post-natal depression. A fundamental assumption that post-natal depression has a typical pattern of comparatively higher post-natal depressive symptomology may be illusory when individual symptom profiles are explored.

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