Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 257–259

The course of anxiety and depressive symptoms in Nigerian postpartum women

  • A. O. Adewuya
  • O. T. Afolabi
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DOI: 10.1007/s00737-005-0089-5

Cite this article as:
Adewuya, A. & Afolabi, O. Arch Womens Ment Health (2005) 8: 257. doi:10.1007/s00737-005-0089-5


Postnatal depression is mostly studied within the first 12 weeks postpartum and postnatal anxiety neglected. Using the Zung’s self rating anxiety and depression scales in a repeated cross sectional study of postpartum women we found both anxiety and depressive symptoms more in first 8-weeks postpartum with a gradual decline in later postpartum period. Anxiety is more common than depression in the first 4-weeks with reversal of the trend subsequently. Both symptoms may persist till late postpartum period.

Keywords: Postnatal depression; postnatal anxiety; screening; prevalence; cross-culture. 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. O. Adewuya
    • 1
  • O. T. Afolabi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mental HealthObafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Wesley Guild HospitalIlesaNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Community HealthObafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals ComplexIle-IfeNigeria

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