TABLE 3.

Specific Items Assessed by the Pediatricians (n = 185) Who Performed Additional Assessment in Their Last Recalled Case of Postpartum or Other Maternal Depression

Issue Assessed
Somatic symptoms of depression60%
Support person or network available*71%
Impairment in function46%
Mother’s history of psychiatric disorder30%
Mother’s history of mental health or psychosocial issues29%
Risk for suicide26%
Risk for being victim of abuse26%
Medical conditions causing depression26%
Evidence of alcohol/substance abuse19%
Mother’s history of sexual/physical abuse8%
Loss of loved one7%
  • * Postpartum depression 81% versus maternal depression 62%; P < .01, χ2.

  • Postpartum depression 38% versus maternal depression 20%; P < .01, χ2.