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WHat scale can be used in post natal depression and what does it involve?

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

10-item questionnaire, with a maximum score of 30
indicates how the mother has felt over the previous week
score > 13 indicates a 'depressive illness of varying severity'
sensitivity and specificity > 90%
includes a question about self-harm

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How common is baby blues and when does it present?

60-70% of women

3-7 days

3

Who gets baby blues?

Primips more comon

4

What are baby blues features?

Anxious, tearful, irritable

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How are baby blues managed?

Reassurance and support
Health visitor has a key role

6

How common is postnatal depression and when does it present?

10%

Most start within a month, peaks at 3 months

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WHat are the features of postnatal depression?

Similar to depresion of any kind
-low mood
-anhedonia
-fatigue

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How common is puerperal psychosis and when does it present?

0.2%
ONset usually in the first 2-3 weeks

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What are the features of Puerperal psychosis

severe swings in mood (similar to bipolar disorder) and disordered perception (e.g. auditory hallucinations)

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How is postnatal depression managed?

reassurance and support are important
Cognitive behavioural therapy may be beneficial. Certain SSRIs such as sertraline and paroxetine* may be used if symptoms are severe** - whilst they are secreted in breast milk it is not thought to be harmful to the infant

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How is puerperal psychosis managed?

Admission usually required- mother and baby unit

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Risk of puerperal psychosis in future pregnancies?

around 20%

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Which SSRI should not be used postnatally?

Fluoxetine-long half life