Postpartum disorders in primary care: diagnosis and treatment

Prim Care. 2002 Mar;29(1):27-41, vi. doi: 10.1016/s0095-4543(03)00072-1.


Postpartum psychiatric illness consists of a highly prevalent group of disorders, which can result in serious dysfunction and require treatment. Patients are more likely to seek help for these disorders from their primary care physicians rather than mental health professionals. While severe postpartum depression and psychoses are easily recognized, milder or more insidious forms of depressive illness frequently are missed. Heightened sensitivity to and screening for the presence of these prevalent psychiatric disorders facilitates and enhances recognition of postpartum disorders and leads to more expeditious treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affective Disorders, Psychotic / diagnosis*
  • Affective Disorders, Psychotic / therapy*
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Contraindications
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis*
  • Depression, Postpartum / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Postpartum Period / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Women's Health


  • Psychotropic Drugs