Study: Screen For Underdiagnosed Postpartum Depression Through First Year After Birth

Postpartum depression is vastly underdiagnosed. A new study concludes that women are not being screened often enough — or at all — for the disorder. 

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that women should be screened for postpartum depression several times, at the end of their pregnancy and throughout the first year after giving birth. 

“Screening is one of the most important things we can do to detect at risk women,” according to Dr. Erin Smith, senior resident at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and one of the authors of the study. “One screen might miss a vulnerable woman who, on a certain day, seems fine but really hasn’t been doing well.”