rss
Evid Based Nurs 15:104-105 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2012-100532
  • Midwifery
  • Survey

Major depression in pregnancy and post partum associated with anxiety disorders and substance use

  1. Jenny Gamble2
  1. 1Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  2. 2School of Nursing & Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Debra Kay Creedy
    Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies, University of Queensland, Mansfield Place, St Lucia, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia; d.creedy{at}griffith.edu.au

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Women are vulnerable to depression and anxiety during pregnancy and post partum, yet only one in four seek help.

  • Clinical management of mothers experiencing depression should assess for substance abuse, unmet needs and psychiatric co-morbidities.

  • Population-based studies can determine prevalence but cause and effect is best shown through intervention-based randomised controlled trials.

  • Depressed women are less likely to respond to surveys, so using face-to-face and telephone interviews can enhance response rates and completion.

Context

Pregnancy can trigger a first depressive episode or recurrence of depression for some women. Depressive symptoms of pregnant and post partum women do not differ much from those of depressed women at other …

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of EBN.
View free sample issue >>

EBN Journal Chat

The EBN Journal Chat offers readers the opportunity to participate in discussion about research articles and commentaries from Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

How to participate >>

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the articles as they are published.

Navigate This Article