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date: 22 October 2019

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Postpartum mood disorders represent a significant mental health and public health problem. Prominent among these disorders are postpartum bipolar disorder (PPBD) and postpartum depression (PPD). Both of these disorders are underrecognized and undertreated. PPD is more common than PPBD, but both have deleterious consequences for mother and child. Compared to the empirical literature pertaining to PPD, the number of studies examining PPBD is small. This chapter begins with a discussion of the limited research pertaining to PPBD followed by an overview of the vast PPD literature. Topics covered in this chapter include distinctive features, risk factors, consequences, antidepressant medication, and psychotherapeutic interventions for these postpartum mood disorders. Continued research on the etiology and treatment of postpartum mood disorders and on ways to mitigate the negative impact of these disorders on children is critical.

Keywords: postpartum depression, postpartum bipolar disorder, risk factors, treatment, antidepressant medication, psychotherapeutic interventions, children

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