Postpartum depression: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment approaches

Department of Physician Assistant Education, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
JAAPA: official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 02/2013; 26(2):50-4. DOI: 10.1097/01720610-201302000-00009
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: * Differentiate postpartum depression (PPD) from the “baby blues” and postpartum psychosis. * Apply standardized instruments for objective screening for PPD as a routine part of care. * Discuss appropriate alternatives for the management of patients with PPD. * Identify common complications of unrecognized and improper treatment of patients with PPD. Maternal depression folowing the birth of a baby can impact the quality of life of both mother and child over the course of their lifetimes and may have life‐threatening effects.

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