Determinants of Postnatal Depression

Findings from the Don Population based Cohort Study in rural Ghana

extract from the Official Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety Journal


Risk factors for postnatal depression (PND), one of the most pervasive complications of child bearing, are poorly understood in Africa. A recent systematic review of 31 studies found that the strongest predictors are social and economic disadvantage and gender-based factors; only six of these studies were community based, and almost all were in South Asia.


Although most AND resolves in this setting, more than a third of women with PND also had AND. Adverse birth- and baby-related outcomes are the other main determinants. We recommend that programs detect and treat depression during pregnancy and provide support to women with adverse birth outcomes.

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Posted on February 3, 2014, in Maternal Mental Health, Mental Health and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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    Fears caused by the anticipation of a panic attack only adds to the level
    of anxiety which interferes with normal everyday living and lives being abnormally limited.
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