Am Fam Physician. 2015 Oct 1;92(7):648.
Perinatal depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, affecting one in seven women. It includes minor and major depressive episodes occurring during pregnancy or the first 12 months after delivery. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released recommendations on screening women for perinatal depression, with the purpose of increasing awareness of depression and lessening the effects it has on pregnant and postpartum women and their families.
Patients should be screened for depression at least once during the perinatal period using a standardized screening tool. Validated tools include the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/pediatrics/downloads/edinburghscale.pdf) and the Patient Health
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