Postpartum depression: what we know
Article first published online: 13 OCT 2009
© 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 65, Issue 12, pages 1258–1269, 12 December 2009
How to Cite
O'Hara, M. W. (2009), Postpartum depression: what we know. J. Clin. Psychol., 65: 1258–1269. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20644
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 13 OCT 2009
- developmental psychopathology;
- postpartum depression
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious mental health problem. It is prevalent, and offspring are at risk for disturbances in development. Major risk factors include past depression, stressful life events, poor marital relationship, and social support. Public health efforts to detect PPD have been increasing. Standard treatments (e.g., Interpersonal Psychotherapy) and more tailored treatments have been found effective for PPD. Prevention efforts have been less consistently successful. Future research should include studies of epidemiological risk factors and prevalence, interventions aimed at the parenting of PPD mothers, specific diathesis for a subset of PPD, effectiveness trials of psychological interventions, and prevention interventions aimed at addressing mental health issues in pregnant women. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 65:1–12, 2009.