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Research Letter
October 16, 2019

Population-Based Assessment of the Recurrence Risk of Postpartum Mental Disorders: Will It Happen Again?

Author Affiliations
  • 1The National Center for Register-based Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2Centre for Integrated Register-Based Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 3The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(2):213-214. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.3208

Postpartum mental disorders (PPMDs) are serious conditions ranging in prevalence, incidence, and severity. The disorders are mainly observed in women who are primiparous,1 and mothers with a history of PPMDs are understandably concerned about risk of recurrence after successive deliveries. In this study, we aimed to (1) examine the risk of a mental disorder in the postpartum period by parity and (2) provide an overview of the recurrence risk of PPMDs in affected women after subsequent deliveries.

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