Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression

Mary Kimmel, M.D., Jennifer Payne, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Major depression with peripartum onset (includes postpartum depression)
  • "Peripartum depression" refers to a major depressive episode that occurs during pregnancy or within 4 weeks following delivery.
  • "Postpartum depression" refers to an episode of major depression that begins within the first 4 weeks after delivery.

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Last updated: November 21, 2014