Depression during pregnancy and in postpartum period poses a dilemma not only for the women and their families, but also for their physicians. Especially, obstetrician/ gynecologists (Ob/Gyn) and psychiatrists.
A study conducted in Kalamazoo County by Cathy Kothari in 2003 showed that less than 20% of these women were offered any type of treatment. Most physicians including psychiatrists are not very comfortable treating women during pregnancy and lactation, thus leaving these women's with no option but to suffer in silence, at times resulting in long term psychological impact on them and their offspring.
Premenopausal and Menopausal Depression
Women are much more prone to become depressed during the time of significant changes in their reproductive hormone levels. Premenopausal and menopause periods are usually marked with significant emotional upheaval and at times resulting in development of depressive syndrome.
Treatment of depression in these periods requires a good understanding of the physiology of women's hormones and their impact on neuronal level.
Women Behavioral Health Across the Life Span
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