Perinatal psychiatric disorders

Jona Lewin

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

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Perinatal psychiatric disorders

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In this chapter I will describe the most common psychiatric conditions in the perinatal phase, which include perinatal depression, puerperal psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and panic disorder, and eating disorder. It has been noted that despite varying symptomatology, women with schizophrenia rarely experience relapses of their symptoms after childbirth (Meltzer and Kumar 1985). Towards the end of this chapter I will discuss in brief the relationship between mental illness and infanticide.

Chapter.  5302 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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