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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2000 Jul;102(1):71-3.

Are commonly used self-report inventories suitable for screening postpartum depression and anxiety disorders?

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48207, USA.



The utility of several self-report symptom inventories were examined for detecting postpartum depression (MDD) and anxiety disorders (AD).


Fifty women (3 or 6 months postpartum), at heightened risk for MDD, completed several depression and anxiety symptom checklists. Psychiatric diagnoses were obtained via SCID interview.


Rates of MDD (n=9) and AD (n=9) were equivalent in this sample, with minimal diagnostic overlap. While all the self-report depression inventories screened accurately for MDD, none discriminated AD sensitively and reliably.


The frequent occurrence of AD emphasizes the need to identify appropriate screening instruments for postpartum anxiety disorders.

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