Diagnosis of Postnatal Depression

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The diagnosis of postnatal depression is made by means of a clinical interview with the patient. There are no imaging or laboratory tests that can help to provide a reliable diagnosis of the disorder.

For the detection of postnatal depression questionnaires, such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS; Cox et al., 1987; validated by Garcia-Esteve et al., 2003) can be used. When elevated scores in this scale are obtained, specialists in psychiatry or psychology are required in order to confirm the diagnosis by means of a clinical interview.

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Substantiated information by:

Alba Roca
Anna Torres Giménez
Lluïsa García Esteve
Susana Andrés Perpiñá

Published: 7 May 2019
Updated: 7 May 2019

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