Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Health Care Practitioner

Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1st

Authors/Editor: Stone, Susan Dowd; Menken, Alexis E.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-0-82-610116-7

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Statistics on the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders suggest that up to 20% of women experience diagnosable pregnancy related mood disorders. This increasing awareness has also resulted in recent legislative and healthcare initiatives to screen, assess, and treat such disorders. But a major barrier to successful implementation of such programs is the lack of available resources to train healthcare professionals in this specialty.

This book offers a major resource for healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and medical, nursing, psychology, and social work students who will be confronting this problem in their practices.

Over the past several years, pregnancy related mood disorders have become the focus of health care advocates and legislators alike with subsequent reflection in nationwide media. Statistics on the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders suggest that up to 20% of women experience diagnosable pregnancy related mood disorders. The growing recognition of these common disorders, coupled with an increasing knowledge base about the dire consequences of untreated maternal depression, has propelled this issue to the fore of national public health priorities.

This increasing awareness has also resulted in recent legislative and healthcare initiatives to screen, assess, and treat such disorders. On April 13, 2006, Governor Jon S. Corzine (D -NJ) signed a law requiring all new mothers to be educated and screened for postpartum depression. This law is the first of its kind in the country, but many states and federal advocates are proposing similar laws. The motivation for states and the federal government to adopt education and screening program is high and may soon be a federal mandate. But a major barrier to successful implementation of such programs is the lack of available resources to train healthcare professionals in this specialty.

The contributions in this text, by renowned experts, fill a glaring gap in the knowledge professionals need in order to successfully manage maternal mental health.

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Platform: Ovid
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Product Type: Book
Author/Editor: Stone, Susan Dowd; Menken, Alexis E.
ISBN: 978-0-82-610116-7
Specialty:
Child Development Psychology
Social Work
Psychology
Obstetrics & Women's Health
Cognitive Psychology
Language: English
Edition: 1st
Pages: 400
Year: 2008

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