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SCHMIDT, Eluisa Bordin; PICCOLOTO, Neri Maurício and MULLER, Marisa Campio. Post-partum depression: risk factors and repercussions in infant development. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.1, pp.61-68. ISSN 2175-3563. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-82712005000100008.
The post-partum depression is a condition that affects 10 to 15% of the women in the post-partum period. These symptoms begin at some moment during the first year after delivery, occurring more frequently between the fourth and eighth week after parturition. It is generally expressed through a complexity of symptoms where there is a presence of irritability, frequent crying, feelings of abandonment and hopelessness, lack of energy and motivation, lack of sexual interest, disturbances in sleep and eating patterns, anxiety, and feelings of not being able to cope with new demands. The objective of this paper is to present a bibliographical revision regarding the post-partum depression. Conceptual and epidemiological aspects, risk factors associated with their occurrence as well as a few repercussions of the post-partum depression in the mother-child relation, and the development of the infant will be broached. The awareness of these aspects has become very important due to the harmful consequences suffered by the mothers as well as cognitive, social and emotional development of their infants.
Keywords : Postpartum depression; Symptoms; Infant development.