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Postpartum psychiatric disorders

Meltzer-Brody, Samantha, Howard, Louise M., Bergink, Veerle, Vigod, Simone, Jones, Ian, Munk-Olsen, Trine, Honikman, Simone and Milgrom, Jeannette 2018. Postpartum psychiatric disorders. Nature Reviews Disease Primers 4 , 18022. 10.1038/nrdp.2018.22

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Abstract

Pregnancy is a complex and vulnerable period that presents a number of challenges to women, including the development of postpartum psychiatric disorders (PPDs). These disorders can include postpartum depression and anxiety, which are relatively common, and the rare but more severe postpartum psychosis. In addition, other PPDs can include obsessive–compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders. The aetiology of PPDs is a complex interaction of psychological, social and biological factors, in addition to genetic and environmental factors. The goals of treating postpartum mental illness are reducing maternal symptoms and supporting maternal–child and family functioning. Women and their families should receive psychoeducation about the illness, including evidence-based discussions about the risks and benefits of each treatment option. Developing effective strategies in global settings that allow the delivery of targeted therapies to women with different clinical phenotypes and severities of PPDs is essential.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2056-676X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 13 April 2018
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 04:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111157

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