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Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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DOIS CASTELLON, Angelina. Updates on postpartum depression. Rev Cubana Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.4, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0138-600X.

Postpartum depression is the most prevalent mood disorder associated with birth, but its diagnosis and treatment presents certain difficulties. The aim of this paper is to review general aspects of postpartum depression, the factors associated with clinical symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and the implications for the mother and her child. The methodology used was a review of the literature from 2001 - 2011 in Spanish and English in different databases. Then, we identified factors with varying degrees of association with this disease, as well as strategies for detection, including the use of Edinburgh Depression Scale and therapeutic alternatives for its treatment. Its impact on the mother-child relationship and child development is directly related to the duration and intensity of the case, associating the establishment of insecure attachments, impaired psychomotor development and early cessation of breastfeeding, further deterioration in the postpartum women quality of life. All the above mentioned make it a relevant problem to address by health professionals involved in the mother and child care, thus it is proposed recommendations for the care that should be given to those who suffering this disorder and their families.

Keywords : postpartum depression; professional care; maternal and child health.

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