New study in the Journal of Women’s Health (Change in Depressive Symptoms Over 0-9 Months Postpartum) indicates that symptoms of PPD are most prevalent in the first month pp and then seem to peak again at 9 mos pp. Further research is needed to understand why this happens.

Additionally, the study supports the use of the PDQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire) for PPD screening. This is helpful information because many primary care settings do use the PDQ as a general screening tool.

Clinician Note: The EPDS (Edinburgh) is still considered significantly more effective in identifying postpartum depression when used 6-8 weeks postpartum.

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