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Screening for perinatal depression: is it enough?

Philip M Boyce and Fiona Judd
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (1): 19-20. || doi: 10.5694/mja2.12054
Published online: 14 January 2019

Questions about current social circumstances and stressors, social and family support are also needed

Mental health problems in women during the perinatal period (from conception until the end of the first postnatal year) may cause significant morbidity and adversely affect the development of their children,1 possibly mediated by stress‐related epigenetic changes or impairment of the mother–infant relationship. Identifying and treating women with mental health problems during the perinatal period, a time when they are in regular contact with health care professionals, is accordingly important.

  • Philip M Boyce1,2
  • Fiona Judd3,4

  • 1 Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services South, Hobart, TAS


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