Mood disorders after childbirth
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland
Submission date: 2016-01-14
Acceptance date: 2016-02-08
Online publication date: 2016-05-05
Publication date: 2019-12-19
Pol. Ann. Med. 2017;24(2):111–116
The most frequent mood disorder to appear after childbirth is baby blues syndrome.

The assessment of mood disorder intensification in women, one week after childbirth, as well as determining whether or not there is a connection between chosen sociodemographic variables and occurrence of postpartum blues.

Material and methods:
285 women took part in the study. The study was conducted, on average, on the third day after childbirth. The research was conducted with the use of a diagnostic survey, and the main research tool was the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale which was used to assess the occurrence of the risk of mood disorders after childbirth. A score of 12 or more on a 30-point scale was an indicator of mood disorders.

Results and discussion:
23.2% of women obtained a score of 12 or more points on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The average level of mood disorders was significantly higher in single women. A correlation between an unfavourable financial situation and the occurrence of postpartum blues in women was found. No significant difference was found in the occurrence of mood disorders in respect of age, education, professional activity, and place of residence.

In first week after childbirth, every fourth woman was at risk for the occurrence of postpartum blues. Single women and those in an unfavourable financial situation experienced postpartum blues more frequently.

None declared.
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