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Revista médica de Chile

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MENDOZA B, Constanza  and  SALDIVIA, Sandra. An update on postpartum depression. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2015, vol.143, n.7, pp.887-894. ISSN 0034-9887.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common condition worldwide and most of the available information is about treatment rather than prevention. This paper is an update on prevention and treatment of PPD. A simple review of the literature and a critical review of papers’ methodology and conclusions was carried out. There is a consensus of the preeminence of psychosocial factors in the genesis of PPD. Considering the complications when the condition is not treated, it is of the utmost importance to implement early detection and management strategies. The use of psychosocial preventive interventions is an alternative that has support in the literature and should be seriously considered.

Keywords : Depression Postpartum; Prevention; Risk factors; Therapeutics.

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