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Should Moms-To-Be Get Screened for Psychiatric Disorders?

Screening Pregnant Women Could Avoid Postpartum Depression

PregnantAccording to researchers, pregnant women should be screened for psychiatric disorders so that treatment can begin earlier and postpartum depression can be avoided.[1] The Magee-Women’s Hospital of Pennsylvania screened their new-moms via telephone for postpartum at four and six weeks after birth.1 All women who were screened and had scored a 10 or more on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Score were offered a home visit for an evaluation and a diagnostic assessment.1 A total of 10, 000 women were screened via telephone and 826 of the 1, 396 who screened positive for postpartum depression accepted home visits.1

A Study: Pregnant Woman Screened for Postpartum

Forty percent of the 826 women who screened positive for postpartum depression experienced a depressive episode during the first four weeks after delivery.1 Another 33.4 percent experienced an episode during pregnancy, and 26.5 percent before pregnancy.1 Of those 826 women, 68.5 percent were found to have unipolar depression, 22.6 percent were found to have bipolar disorder, and 5.6 percent had an anxiety disorder.1 Therefore, researchers concluded that screening during pregnancy and during the first six weeks after birth can help to identify undiagnosed psychiatric disorders and postpartum depression.1



[1] JAMA Psychiatry 2013. (2013, March 27). Screen pregnant women for psychiatric disorders, say researchers. PULSE. Retrieved April 2, 2013, from www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/therapy-areas/womens-health/screen-pregnant-women-for-psychiatric-disorders-say-researchers/20002422.article#.UVrVMle7hog Pregnant.

 

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