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Psychiatric disorders and pregnancy

Author(s): "SH. Akhondzadeh | L. Kashani "

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 64;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Psychiatric disorders

Psychiatric disorders are common in women during their childbearing years. Special considerations are needed when psychotic disorders present during pregnancy. Early identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders in pregnancy can prevent morbidity in pregnancy and in postpartum with the concomitant risks to mother and baby. Nevertheless, diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses during pregnancy is made more difficult by the overlap between symptoms of the disorders and symptoms of pregnancy. In majority of cases both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy should be considered. However, psychiatric disorders in pregnancy are often under treated because of concerns about potential harmful effects of medication. This paper reviews findings about the presentation and course of major psychiatric disorders during pregnancy.

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