Emotional Disorders and Mental Illness Associated with Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

  • Richard L. Cohen


It would be most desirable to have a precise and inclusive nosology of the emotional and mental disorders associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. This is particularly true because of the far-reaching implications of pregnancy for the family and for the next generation. It inevitably has an impact on family dynamics and on the intrapsychic and interpersonal processes of the woman and her mate. Perhaps, most important of all, there is a need to conceptualize any disease process that occurs during this time in a way that takes into account another developing organism, both in terms of its possible significance for present (intrauterine) and future well-being. It is this fact more than any other that makes the assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and management of disorders during pregnancy unique.


Postpartum Period Postpartum Depression Teenage Pregnancy Hyperemesis Gravidarum Adolescent Pregnancy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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