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Letters Seeking help for perinatal distress

Differentiating between “baby blues,” severe depression, and psychosis

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 10 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4692
  1. Detlef Degner, associate professor of psychiatry and assistant medical director
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Medical School of Georg-August University, Goettingen, Germany
  1. ddegner{at}

Mayor reports important facts about perinatal psychological distress.1 Postpartum depression is a severe affective disorder and can affect both sexes. Onset is typically between one week and four months after childbirth. Causes are a combination of biological factors (hormonal changes) …

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