2006, Number 4
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: Pregnancy and postpartum are considered high risk factors for the development of psychopathologies. Suffering a mental disorder previous pregnancy constitutes a high risk perinatal factor, which requires psychological attention.
Objective: Present the results of psychological attention group with focalized, brief and specific objectives.
Results: The most common mental disorder within the sample was depression followed by bipolar, anxiety, personality and addiction respectively. It is important to mention that 9 out of the 24 patients had suicidal ideation the month previous to her pregnancy, 5 of them had at least one suicidal attempt. During the psychotherapy process or hospitalization, none of the patients in the sample, tried to commit suicide, neither the 9 patients with depression presented postpartum depression, only one patient of the whole sample presented self-harm. Brief group psychotherapy and combined treatment were effective to manage the symptoms of the patients.
Gaynes BN, Gavin N, Meltzer-Brody S, Lohr KN, Swinson T, Gartlehner G, et al. Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes. Summary, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 119. AHRQ Publication No. 05-E006-1. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2005.