Interesting but not surprising results from a new study: A significant number of pregnant and postpartum women who screened positively for symptoms of anxiety and depression were neither identified by their Obstetrical provider nor did these women recognize their need for treatment or referrals. (Detection, Treatment, and Referral of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety by Obstetrical Providers, Journal of Women’s Health, February 2010)
This is further evidence that the detection and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression is significantly lacking. It further supports the notion that both providers and the women themselves are contributing to this awareness and communication issue.
Providers need to become informed and ask the right questions. Women need to take responsibility for how they are feeling and let their providers know how they are feeling and what they might need.