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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-51

Depression in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period


Graded Specialist (Psychiatry), AX. SOOD, M.D., Classified Specialist (Obstetrics & Gynecology) Military Hospital, Jhansi- 284001, India

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Mamta Sood
Graded Specialist (Psychiatry), AX. SOOD, M.D., Classified Specialist (Obstetrics & Gynecology) Military Hospital, Jhansi- 284001
India
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This prospective study was carried out in a service hospital, with the aim to study the prevalence and incidence of depression in pregnancy and postpartum period. Eighty Four consecutive patients attending the antenatal outpatient in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department in their last trimester of pregnancy were recruited for the study. They were assessed on Beck Depression Inventory thrice viz. during third trimester of pregnancy, within 3 days of delivery (early postpartum period) & within 4-8 weeks of delivery (late postpartum period).The prevalence of depression was 8.3%, 20% and 12.8% respectively at three ratings. The incidence was 16% and 10% in the early & late postpartum period respectively. Further analysis revealed that depression in pregnancy correlated significantly with depression in early postpartum period, but not with late postpartum period. Depression in early postpartum period correlated with depression in late postpartum period.These findings have implications for early detection and care of women at risk for developing depression.



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