Postpartum depression: Risks of abnormal child development
- Adele Viguera, MD
Adele Viguera, MD
- Director of Research, Women’s Mental Health; Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Psychiatry
- Section Editor — Depressive Disorders
- Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- University of Washington School of Medicine
- Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
- Section Editor — Obstetrics
- Senior Vice President, USF Health
- Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
- Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- University of South Florida
Postpartum maternal depression is associated with adverse effects upon infant and child development [1-3]. In addition, postnatal depression is associated with cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the offspring.
This topic reviews the association between postpartum depression and abnormal infant and child development. The association of postnatal depression with cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the offspring is discussed separately, as are the clinical features, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of postpartum depression:
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