Chapter 17. Peri-Natal Mental Disorders

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director5,6 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President7,8
  1. Ian Brockington Professor Emeritus1,
  2. John Cox Professor Emeritus2,
  3. Nicole Garret-Gloanec3 and
  4. Gisèle Apter-Denon4

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch17

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Brockington, I., Cox, J., Garret-Gloanec, N. and Apter-Denon, G. (2009) Peri-Natal Mental Disorders, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 6

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 7

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 8

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

  3. 3

    Chef de Service de Psychiatric Infanto-Juvenile, Nantes, France

  4. 4

    Responsible Unite Ppumma (Unite de Psychiatric Périnatale d' Urgence Mobile en Maternité), Université Denis Diderot, Paris 7, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • peri-natal mental disorders;
  • dysmorphophobia;
  • prepartum depression, having same frequency as postpartum depression;
  • foetal alcohol syndrome;
  • anorexic and bulimic women tend to relapse in the puerperium;
  • organic psychoses, following abortion like delivery;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • mother-infant relationship, central psychological process in puerperium;
  • ‘puerperal’ psychosis, is relating to bipolar spectrum


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is Special about Perinatal Psychiatry?

  • What is Wrong with Previous International Classifications

  • The Need for an Obligatory Onset Specifier

  • Main Recommendations for ICD-11

  • References