Why should we screen for perinatal depression? Ten reasons to do it: ten reasons to do it

Ana Telma Pereira, Maria João Soares, Sandra Bos, Mariana Marques, Berta Maia, José Valente, Vasco Nogueira, Carolina Roque, Nuno Madeira, Maria Helena Pinto de Azevedo, António Macedo

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In this paper we review some of the best available evidence to argue that screening for perinatal depression should be systematically conducted since pregnancy. Our view is organized in ten topics: (1) perinatal depression high prevalence; (2) its potential negative consequences, including maternal, conjugal, foetal, infantile, and child effects; (3) its under-detection and treatment; (4) its stigma; (5) the professionals and women misconceptions related to perinatal depression; (6) the availability of valid and short self-report screening instruments for perinatal depression and (7) their acceptability; (8) the increase in recognition, diagnosis, and treatment rates in comparison with routine practice; (9) the opportunity, given the large number of contacts that women have with health professionals in the perinatal period; and (10) perinatal depression screening potential cost-effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Screening
  • Perinatal depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Ten reasons


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