How does untreated maternal postpartum depression affect the child?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Although effective nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments are available, both patients and their caregivers frequently overlook postpartum depression. [81] Untreated postpartum affective illness places both the mother and infant at risk and is associated with significant long-term effects on child development and behavior [80, 82, 87] ; therefore, appropriate screening, prompt recognition, and treatment of depression are essential for both maternal and infant well-being and can improve outcomes. [89]


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