Depression Screening In Pregnancy Is Recommended

Posted: Jan 27 2016, 10:43am CST | by , Updated: Jan 27 2016, 10:53am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Screening for Depression in Pregnant Women is Must
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  • Necessity of Tests to detect Depressive Illness before and after Conception

A panel has decided that there is a necessity of tests to detect depressive illness before and after conception.

Women ought to be screened for depression during their pregnant state and after conception. A health panel sat down and decided regarding this issue after much thought and brainstorming.

Maternal mental illness was a big problem and so for mental health to flourish, this step was necessary. This process was meant to bring together many health experts to cooperate in providing maternal care and medical aid for successful childbirth.

Postpartum depression is common enough. Many women feel depressed after giving birth. This is paradoxical seeing that the arrival of a bundle of joy ought to be a source of happiness instead of sadness.

The world-weariness of women and especially mothers seems to be a time bomb just waiting to explode. The depressed phase starts during the pregnancy when females are confined to a limited existence due to their delicate state.

Furthermore, the mood swings that females undergo can be downright unhealthy for the unborn child. The mental health of the mother is very crucial for the baby in the womb.

But now help is on the way as the experts have gathered to provide solutions to the problem. The depressive illness occurs in one out of seven postpartum mothers.

These women ought to be identified and pinpointed so that they can be offered the right treatment. Screening is of the essence and very valuable during this time of vulnerability.

Depression screening guidelines dictate that a psychologist and psychiatrist examine the pregnant female to judge her mental state. Support and a healing methodology that aid the mother-to-be in her journey to motherhood are of key value.

Finally, policy-makers are paying attention to this urgent issue. Something must be done since it is good mothers that lead to a good nation. The new generation is dependent on the care and security provided by female guardians. And if something is wrong with mothers, then the youngsters suffer.

The need for medical aid provision to mothers is a cry of the times. And pediatricians point out that physical illness may be overcome with ease but mental illness is a tougher cookie to crack.

Most mothers are tired, exhausted and worn-out and they are in need of a helping hand. Is it any wonder that so many of them fall prey to the black dog of the mind which is depression.

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