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Pregnant and Postpartum Depression

Pregnant and Postpartum Depression (Peripartum Depression).

  • During pregnancy, 14-23% of women will have symptoms of depression.
  • There is a possible increased risk of pre-term delivery and low infant birth weight in women with depression during pregnancy.
  • 50-80% of women experience mild postpartum depression, characterized by mood swings, crying and irritability for 3 to 10 days postpartum.
  • 10% of women develop a much more severe depression 3 to 4 months postpartum.
  • 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 women develop a psychosis characterized by hallucinations and delusions within 2 weeks postpartum.
  • Women with a previous history of depression or psychiatric complications after delivery are particularly at risk.

Peripartum depression is marked by symptoms of:

  • Difficulty sleeping and excessive fatigue.
  • Appetite changes.
  • Decreased libido.
  • Depressed mood and loss of pleasure.
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness.
It also will examine the use of light and wake therapy for women experiencing sadness, moodiness and loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.

Women who are :
  • Aged 18-45.
  • Pregnant (any trimester) or Postpartum (with infants less than 12 months old).
  • Experiencing sadness or depression.
  • Also those not experiencing depression or sadness.
    May be eligible to participate.
*** Compensation up to $350 ***
​Diagnostic evaluation and intervention will be provided
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