2013, Number 3
Perinatol Reprod Hum 2013; 27 (3)
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ABSTRACTPostpartum mood disorders, like maternity blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, have a high worldwide prevalence. They have a direct impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the mother, the couple and the newborn, and may affect the family and the social environment of the women as well. Therefore, these conditions are currently the most common perinatal complication, and have also become a public health problem. The present article is a detailed review of recent literature and research regarding the afore mentioned mood disorders. Its objective is to assist the health care professional in the detection and diagnosis to these illness, and if needed, treating them or referring the patient to a specialist.