Childbirth and mental disorders

Kristin L. Leight, Elizabeth M. Fitelson, Christi A. Weston, Katherine L. Wisner

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This review approaches the topic of childbirth and mental illness using a model of perinatal health which takes into consideration the multiple determinants of health, approached from a lifespan perspective. The paper seeks to answer four broad questions using this model and available literature: (1) What is the relationship between childbirth and mental disorders (2) How common are mental disorders during childbearing, and what is the perinatal course of illness (3) What are the effects of mental illness during childbearing on foetal and infant developmental outcomes (4) How do you approach the detection and treatment of mental disorders during the perinatal period

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-471
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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