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Indian J Psychiatry. 2015 Jul;57(Suppl 2):S216-21. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.161481.

Postpartum psychiatric disorders: Early diagnosis and management.

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1
SAMBAL Drug De-addiction and Psychiatric Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
3
Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Postpartum period is demanding period characterized by overwhelming biological, physical, social, and emotional changes. It requires significant personal and interpersonal adaptation, especially in case of primigravida. Pregnant women and their families have lots of aspirations from the postpartum period, which is colored by the joyful arrival of a new baby. Unfortunately, women in the postpartum period can be vulnerable to a range of psychiatric disorders like postpartum blues, depression, and psychosis. Perinatal mental illness is largely under-diagnosed and can have far reaching ramifications for both the mother and the infant. Early screening, diagnosis, and management are very important and must be considered as mandatory part of postpartum care.

KEYWORDS:

Perinatal mental illness; postpartum blues; postpartum period; postpartum psychosis

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