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Prenatal Depression Undertreated: U of Michigan

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
A study of 1836 pregnant women found that the majority of women who are experiencing a serious depression are not being treated for the condition. The researchers found that only 33% of moms-to-be who were experiencing the most severe symptoms of depression were receiving some sort of treatment -- medication, "talk therapy," or other forms of treatment.

Many women are never formally screened for depression during pregnancy and many fail to recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves, mistaking fatigue, low mood, and sleep problems for pregnancy symptoms. According to the researchers involved in the study, the following symptoms should not be treated as "normal" pregnancy rites of passage. It's possible a woman may be suffering from depression:

two or more weeks of depressed mood, decreased interest or pleasure in activities, change in appetite, change in sleep patterns, fatigue or loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, excessive feelings of worthlessness or guilt, thoughts of suicide, extreme restlessness and irritability.

For more information on depression during pregnancy, visit the the U-M Depression Center Web site.

| posted by Ann D @ 9:34 AM