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Maternity blues: phenomena and relationship to later post partum depression.
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PMID:  3178614     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As part of a prospective investigation of postnatal psychiatric disorder, 66 women, randomly selected antenatally, completed visual analogue scales postpartum and rated their mood state daily for two weeks following childbirth. They were then interviewed using the Goldberg Standardised Psychiatric Interview on four occasions up to 14 months postpartum. Dysphoric mood was temporally related to childbirth. Emotional lability was the important affective component of the puerperium. A significant correlation was found between the blues and subsequent postnatal depression. Lability of mood in the puerperium was related to psychiatric symptoms up to 14 months postpartum and was the strongest predictor of later psychopathology. Maternity blues ratings were not accounted for by labour variables.
C C Hapgood; G S Elkind; J J Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1988 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-16     Completed Date:  1988-11-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-306     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Depressive Disorder / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations
Prospective Studies
Psychological Tests
Puerperal Disorders / psychology*
Risk Factors
Social Support

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