Dakota Midday: New Screening Guidelines For Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy

Feb 2, 2016

photo courtesy Sanford Health

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations indicating mental maternal illness is more common than previously thought. The panel suggests all women should be screened for depression and mood disorders during and immediately after pregnancy.

Dr. Rajesh Singh, a psychiatrist with Sanford Health Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic discusses the significance of the new guidelines and the difference appropriate screening can mean for mothers, fathers, and children.

Note to listeners: Though we have provided a link to the PHQ-9 screening tool, Dr. Singh recommends visiting your doctor for proper screening. A screening is not a diagnosis.

For a link to South Dakota postpartum resources, via Postpartum Support International, click here.