Postpartum Mental Health Disorders: A Casebook

ISBN : 9780190849955

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on Gender and Mental Health; Gail Erlick Robinson; Carol C. Nadelson; Gisele Apter
168 Pages
127 x 203 mm
Pub date
May 2020
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Many psychiatrists, obstetricians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals have not been trained to adequately identify psychiatric disorders that present in postpartum women, and yet are often faced with patients expressing mental health symptoms that may lead to serious problems. Postpartum Mental Health Disorders: A Casebook offers brief, practical guidance on the recognition and management of postpartum mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders, personality disorders and eating disorders. Written by experienced clinicians, chapters are organized into collections of case examples and are designed to provide at-a-glance information about diagnoses, treatment, and outcomes with advice on when to refer to a specialist. Each chapter also includes an assessment tool to assist with diagnosis and a list of risk factors for developing postpartum disorders. An appendix of screening questionnaires is provided at the end of the book.


1. Introduction
2. Risks for a Postpartum Disorder
3. Postpartum Adaptation: Normal
Baby Blues
Baby Pinks
4. Postpartum Depression
5. Postpartum Anxiety
6. Postpartum Psychosis
7. Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
8. Traumatic Childbirth and Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
9. Personality Disorders in the Postpartum
10. Disorders of Attachment
11. Eating Disorders in the Postpartum Period
12. Prevention of Postpartum Disorders
13. Psychopharmacology in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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