December 2002

Postnatal depression: mapping the territory and revealing styles

Postnatal depression (PND) has been described and defined in many ways over the past 200 years (Gruen,1993), with both convergent and divergent accounts of incidence, characteristic symptoms and features, onset and course, as well as aetiology reported. The lack of any clear and comprehensive definition has influenced and been affected by methods of assessment and quantification, thus making comparative study and evaluation problematic, with consequential roll-over effects into identification and intervention.