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J Reprod Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;56(1-2):39-43.

A comparison of depression symptoms and histories in pregnant women.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA. dahaas@iupui.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the prevalence of depression symptoms in an obstetric population.

STUDY DESIGN:

A cross-sectional survey of a diverse group of urban and suburban pregnant women was performed. Self-reported depression history, demographics and current depression symptoms measured by a validated survey instrument were obtained.

RESULTS:

Of 309 women surveyed, 21.3% reported a prior or current diagnosis of depression, 47% reported past symptoms of depression and 21% noted current depression symptoms. Suburban women more often reported histories of depression, as did Caucasians, when compared with other ethnicities. A logistic regression demonstrated that prior diagnosis of depression was the strongest predictor of current depression symptoms (odds ratio 4.39, 95% confidence interval 2.12-9.07).

CONCLUSION:

Depression is common in pregnant women, and it is important for providers to screen patients, particularly those with a history of a depression diagnosis.

PMID:
21366125
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