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Postnatal depression

Nora Turjanski

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199214365.003.0018

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Postnatal depression

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Pregnancy has been described as a developmental phase when a woman acquires a representation of self as a mother, a sense of ability to perform mothering behaviours whilst she develops an emotional tie to the child (Hart and McMahon 2006). A disruption of this process by a disturbance of emotional well-being or of mental health affects the mother, infant, and family. Since the 1950s, obstetric care in the Western world has become gradually aware of this and more attentive to the welfare of women during pregnancy and delivery (Kemker and Gamboa 2006). Identifying and managing perinatal depression started gathering pace in the 1990s (Lumley 2005).

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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