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Front Psychiatry. 2016 Aug 12;7:138. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00138. eCollection 2016.

Suicide during Perinatal Period: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Clinical Correlates.

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1
School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK; Villa San Giuseppe Hospital, Hermanas Hospitalarias, Ascoli Piceno, Italy; Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Villa San Giuseppe Hospital, Hermanas Hospitalarias, Ascoli Piceno, Italy; Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy.
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Villa San Giuseppe Hospital, Hermanas Hospitalarias, Ascoli Piceno, Italy; Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; Department of Mental Health ASL Teramo, Psychiatric Service of Diagnosis and Treatment, NHS, Hospital "Maria SS dello Splendore", Giulianova, Italy; Laboratory of Molecular and Translational Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", Napoli, Italy.
5
Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; Laboratory of Molecular and Translational Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", Napoli, Italy.
6
Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; New York Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA.
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Polyedra Research Group, Teramo, Italy; Department of Mental Health ASL Teramo, Psychiatric Service of Diagnosis and Treatment, NHS, Hospital "G. Mazzini", Teramo, Italy; Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, University "G. d'Annunzio", Chieti, Italy.
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Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Hermanas Hospitalarias, FoRiPsi, Villa San Benedetto Menni, Albese con Cassano, Como, Italy; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Leonard Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.
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Department of Psychiatry, Sant'Andrea Hospital , Rome , Italy.
10
DEGRA Clinic , Verona-Rimini-Ancona , Italy.

Abstract

Perinatal period may pose a great challenge for the clinical management and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women. In fact, several mental illnesses can arise during pregnancy and/or following childbirth. Suicide has been considered a relatively rare event during the perinatal period. However, in some mental disorders (i.e., postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis, etc.) have been reported a higher risk of suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, or suicide. Therefore, a complete screening of mothers' mental health should also take into account thoughts of suicide and thoughts about harming infants as well. Clinicians should carefully monitor and early identify related clinical manifestations, potential risk factors, and alarm symptoms related to suicide. The present paper aims at providing a focused review about epidemiological data, risk factors, and an overview about the main clinical correlates associated with the suicidal behavior during the pregnancy and postpartum period. Practical recommendations have been provided as well.

KEYWORDS:

perinatal period; postpartum; pregnancy; puerperium; suicidal ideation; suicide; suicide attempt

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