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. 2010 Dec;7(4):249-57.

Post-partum Depression: A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluation and Treatment

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Post-partum Depression: A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluation and Treatment

Kym Spring Thompson et al. Ment Health Fam Med. .
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Abstract

Post-partum depression (PPD) presents a significant disruption to the mother-infant relationship. Such disruptions are associated with risks to the neurological, socio-emotional and cognitive functioning of the developing infant. A review of this literature supports the early detection of PPD and the application of comprehensive, psychotherapeutic interventions that target the functioning of the infant, the mother and the mother-infant relationship. Ecological factors important to evaluation and avenues of intervention are emphasised. The need for further research to determine evidence-based methods of intervention is described.

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