August 2001

Depression is as common during pregnancy as after childbirth

Depression is as common during pregnancy as after, study shows

Depression is at least as common during pregnancy as it is after childbirth, and should be diagnosed because it may be harmful to the baby, new research indicates.

While doctors are careful to spot and treat postnatal depression, they are not so vigilant about looking out for depression during pregnancy because they don't expect it, said Jonathan Evans, the study's lead investigator and a senior lecturer in psychiatry at Bristol University in England.