When should women with postpartum blues be screened for postpartum depression?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Women with more severe symptoms or symptoms persisting longer than 2 weeks should be screened for postpartum depression. [81, 82] According to DSM-5, 50% of “postpartum” major depressive episodes actually begin prior to delivery, and the specifier used collectively for these episodes is “with peripartum onset.” [2]


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