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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

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Depression is a common complication of pregnancy, with between 15 and 22% of people experiencing depression during pregnancy and/or during the postpartum period. Anxiety is also a common perinatal mental disorder that is estimated to affect at least as many people as perinatal depression.

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Perinatal depression and anxiety are perhaps more common than what we may realise. Depression is a common complication of pregnancy, with between 15 and 22% of people experiencing depression during pregnancy and/or during the postpartum period. Anxiety is also a common perinatal mental disorder that is estimated to affect at least as many people as perinatal depression. Other mental health disorders that may occur during the perinatal period include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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clementine oss-emer
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insightful and helpful
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Jillian Houlahan
03 Nov 2021
Excellent resource
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yunju kim
22 Mar 2020
Good article
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Kate Llewellyn
26 Feb 2020
A comprehensive resource on the prevalence of perinatal depression and anxiety affecting women and men.
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Paul cooper
24 Jun 2021
a valuable resource, easy to follow and useful for practice.
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Andria Evangel
16 Aug 2022
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Danni Richardson
21 May 2021
Great resource
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Di Thomlinson
24 Sep 2019
Very general and easy to read article. It highlights how prevalent depression and anxiety are in the perinatal period.
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Sarita Panta
30 May 2021
Well explained
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18 Nov 2021
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