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J Perinat Educ. 2010 Fall;19(4):7-9. doi: 10.1624/105812410X530875.

Four research findings that will change what we think about perinatal depression.

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  • 1KATHLEEN KENDALL-TACKETT is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and the editor-in-chief of Clinical Lactation, the official journal of the United States Lactation Consultant Association. Kendall-Tackett's Web site (www.uppitysciencechick.com) offers a forum for sharing current and noteworthy research in the field of health psychology.

Abstract

Research by health psychologists is changing what we know about perinatal depression. In this guest editorial, the author examines depression in pregnant and breastfeeding women in light of this recent research and describes four major findings that are influencing how we think about depression in new mothers: inflammation has an etiologic role in depression, a relationship exists between sleep disturbances and depression, breastfeeding protects maternal mental health, and all effective treatments for depression are anti-inflammatory interventions.

KEYWORDS:

breastfeeding; maternal depression; perinatal depression; postpartum depression; proinflammatory cytokines

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PMC2981185
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