Prevalence of generalized anxiety at eight weeks postpartum
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Objective: This study investigated the prevalence and nature of generalized anxiety symptoms in women who were eight weeks postpartum.
Method: A community-based sample of 68 postpartum women completed an interview assessing generalized anxiety disorder and depression and a self-report measure of worry associated with concerns relevant to postpartum women.
Results: Three women (4.4%) met DSM-IV criteria for generalized anxiety disorder, and an additional 19 women (27.9%) endorsed subsyndromal difficulties with generalized anxiety. Approximately one third of these women endorsed symptoms of depression. In contrast, only two woman met criteria for major depressive disorder.
Conclusion: Postpartum generalized anxiety has a higher prevalence than postpartum depression.
- Prevalence of generalized anxiety at eight weeks postpartum
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Volume 6, Issue 1 , pp 43-49
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- Keywords: Postpartum; generalized anxiety disorder; postpartum depression; anxiety; worry.
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