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Postpartum depression: Risks of abnormal child development

Author
Adele Viguera, MD
Section Editors
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD

INTRODUCTION

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:

(See "Postpartum depression: Risks of cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the children".)

(See "Postpartum unipolar major depression: Epidemiology, clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Mild to moderate postpartum unipolar major depression: Treatment".)

            

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