Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Emergency Department Visits May Signal Depression In New Mothers

Date:
June 6, 1997
Source:
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Summary:
Mothers who brought their infants to the emergency department within three weeks of childbirth were three times as likely to develop symptoms of depression.

BOSTON -- Two percent of all postpartum women are diagnosed with depression, and 10 to 40 percent exhibit high levels of depressive symptoms. Maternal depression has substantial adverse impact on infant and child social and emotional development.


According to a study of 1,200 women by Kenneth D. Mandl, M.D., M.P.H., assistant in Medicine (Emergency Medicine) at Children's Hospital, Boston, the risk of developing depressive symptoms was elevated three-fold for mothers who brought their infants to a hospital emergency department within the first three weeks of childbirth. Mothers who brought their infants in for frequent problem-oriented primary care visits showed a two-fold risk of developing depressive symptoms.


These health care utilization patterns can help to identify high-risk mothers who need close monitoring.


Mandl's study did not discern cause and effect: A baby's demanding health needs may have an adverse emotional impact on mothers, or mothers may frequently present to the health care system with their babies because of emotional distress.


Referral of mothers by pediatric health care providers recognizing these patterns may facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression, improving outcomes for women and their families.


The research was presented last month at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington, DC.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Johns Hopkins Children's Center. "Emergency Department Visits May Signal Depression In New Mothers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 June 1997. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/06/970606121838.htm>.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center. (1997, June 6). Emergency Department Visits May Signal Depression In New Mothers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/06/970606121838.htm
Johns Hopkins Children's Center. "Emergency Department Visits May Signal Depression In New Mothers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/06/970606121838.htm (accessed October 1, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Cases Keep Coming for Monrovia's Island Hospital

Ebola Cases Keep Coming for Monrovia's Island Hospital

AFP (Oct. 1, 2014) A look inside Monrovia's Island Hospital, a key treatment centre in the fight against Ebola in Liberia's capital city. Duration: 00:34 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Puts Stress on Liberian Health Workers

Ebola Puts Stress on Liberian Health Workers

AP (Oct. 1, 2014) The Ebola outbreak is putting stress on first responders in Liberia. Ambulance drivers say they are struggling with chronic shortages of safety equipment and patients who don't want to go to the hospital. (Oct. 1) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Reassure Public Ebola Patient Won't Cause Outbreak

Doctors Reassure Public Ebola Patient Won't Cause Outbreak

Newsy (Sep. 30, 2014) After the announcement that the first U.S. patient had been diagnosed with Ebola, doctors were quick to say a U.S. outbreak is highly unlikely. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
TX Hospital Confirms Patient Admitted With Ebola

TX Hospital Confirms Patient Admitted With Ebola

AP (Sep. 30, 2014) Medical officials from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital confirm they are treating a patient with the Ebola virus, the first case found in the US. (Sept. 30 Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins