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Frequency of Mood Disorders Associated with Pregnancy

Abstract: How common are mood disorders associated with childbearing?

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Frequency of Mood Disorders Associated with Pregnancy

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jul 2008.

How common are mood disorders associated with pregnancy?


It is estimated that while more than 80% of peripartum (before childbirth) women may experience some fluctuations in mood in either the antepartum period or postpartum (after childbirth), only 10-20% meet the criteria for an affective disorder.


Depressive symptoms in pregnancy 25-35 %
Postpartum "blues" 50-85 %
Postpartum depression 10-20 %
Postpartum psychosis 0.1-0.2 %
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