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ERIC Number: EJ867190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Mental Illness in the Peripartum Period
Ostler, Teresa
Zero to Three (J), v29 n5 p4-9 May 2009
Women are particularly vulnerable in the peripartum period for either developing a mental illness or suffering symptom exacerbation. These illnesses are often experienced covertly, however, and women may not seek out professional help, even though their symptoms may be seriously affecting their well-being and parenting. This article provides an overview of mental illnesses that can present in the peripartum period, with the aim of improving their early detection, diagnosis, and treatment by health professionals. The authors examine the risks that peripartum mental illness may pose to parenting and explore reasons why many women keep their illness secret.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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