|March 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 03
Be on the lookout for postpartum depression
Q&A on PPD with Susan Hatters Friedman, MD, and Janelle Yates, OBG Management Senior Editor
The differential diagnosis for PPD includes “baby blues,” bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis, and medical causes
Red flags include a threat, suicidal statement, or excessive anxiety
Dr. Friedman is Senior Instructor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. She is on sabbatical at the Mason Clinic, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
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