Screening for Postpartum Depression, Family Relationships, and Treatment


The Problems with the Screening Process for Postpartum Depression

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Sarah’s Journey Through Postpartum Depression

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Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

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Mother Cuddling Newborn Baby In Bed At Home

Family Relationships: Postpartum Depression Impacts Everyone

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The Efficacy of Postpartum Depression Screening

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Postpartum Depression Still Stigmatized

“Programs give new moms help with struggles”

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Postpartum Depression Deserves Greater Public Awareness

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Who Will Screen for Postpartum Depression?

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum Depression Cheat Sheet

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Postpartum Depression After One Year

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Book Review: Nobody Told Me…My Battle with Postpartum Depression & OCD

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Postpartum Depression: What to Expect When the Unexpected Happens


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Psychologists Say New Definition of Autism in DSM-5 Will Not Exclude Most Children Diagnosed


Parents and psychologists have worried that a modern set of criteria for autism, to replace the subjective standard of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), would make some children ineligible for psychiatric and medical care, but that is not the case, says a team of psychologists.

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Ultra-Brief ECT for the Treatment of Severe Postpartum Depression


This is a small case report but is an important one, demonstrating the effectiveness of ultra-brief electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of severe postpartum depression.  While most women with postpartum illness have mild to moderate illness, there are some women with severe depression that significantly impairs their ability to function and to care for their child.  Women with severe PPD are also at higher risk for suicide.


In this report, 3 women with severe postpartum depression, refractory to treatment with medication, were psychiatrically hospitalized. All three patients had significant suicidal ideation. They were treated with right unilateral ultra-brief ECT.  (Ultra-brief ECT consists of electrical pulses lasting less than 0.5 milliseconds and causes less memory impairment than ECT treatments with longer pulses.) All women began to respond within 3–6 treatments (within 1-2 weeks), and no significant cognitive side effects were observed.

Although ECT is rarely thought of as first line treatment, this report suggests its usefulness in the management of women with severe PPD.  For women with severe depression, psychiatric hospitalization may be necessary.  However, in the United States where mother-baby units are rare, hospitalization often necessitates a prolonged separation of the mother from her infant.  Medications typically take 2-4 weeks to start working, and sometimes the illness is refractory to treatment with medications.  This case series suggests that ECT is not only effective in this setting but also yields quick results.  

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

Levy Y, Austin MP, Halliday G.  Use of ultra-brief pulse electroconvulsive therapy to treat severe postnatal mood disorder.  Australas Psychiatry, 2012.

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Focht A, Kellner CH.  Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of postpartum psychosis.  J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):31-3. (Review)

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Children of Depressed Mothers Learn Language Differently

An infant playing with a letter toy.

“While postpartum depression is a well known medical issue, few are aware of its flip-side: a condition known as "prenatal depression." Also referred to as maternal depression, this problem may be even more widely spread than the postpartum one, and can have profound impact on developing infants.” Article Link

More Than Just The ‘Baby Blues’


Mothers are more important to their children than the fathers through nurture, not just nature, according to The American Journal of Psychiatry. For infants and toddlers, the impact of a mother’s depression can be significant.

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Postpartum Depression: What it really is

Having a new baby is a beautiful thing. Many mothers are ashamed to admit depression after a pregnancy because they fear that it will make them a bad mother. This is not the case. Post partum depression should be treated as quickly as possible.

Having a new baby is a beautiful thing. Many mothers are ashamed to admit depression after a pregnancy because they fear that it will make them a bad mother. This is not the case. Post partum depression should be treated as quickly as possible.

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All New Mothers Need to be Screened for Postpartum Depression


“Postpartum depression hits approximately 15 percent of new moms during the first year of their babies’ lives, and is often marked by severe despair, guilt, anxiety, and fears of hurting oneself or one’s baby.”

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