Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care for Postpartum Depression

Understanding PPD

At some point, you will encounter women who are at risk for or already experiencing postpartum depression (PPD). To ensure you provide the best care possible, it is essential to understand key facts about this treatable, yet often undetected, disorder.

This module is designed to help providers expand their understanding of PPD. The information presented reflects a combination of empirical research and clinical experience. It is meant to serve as an introduction to the topic of PPD and other postpartum emotional adjustment difficulties. This module includes information about PPD symptoms, risk factors, and the impact of PPD on women and their families.

Learning Objectives

After reviewing this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between PPD and the other adjustment difficulties faced by women during the postpartum period
  • Identify differential diagnoses for PPD
  • Recognize risk factors for PPD
  • Explain the impact of PPD on women and families

Table of Content

  1. Spectrum of Postpartum Adjustment
    1. Postpartum Depression
    2. Postpartum or "Baby" Blues
    3. Anxiety Disorders
    4. Postpartum Psychoses
  2. Risk Factors
    1. Psychosocial Risk Factors
    2. Biological Risk Factors
  3. Impact
    1. Impact on Women
    2. Impact on Infants
    3. Impact on Partner/Family