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Postpartum depression without delivering a child?

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Manfredi G, Lazanio S, Kotzalidis GD, Ruberto A, Girardi P, Tatarelli R. Postpartum depression without delivering a child?

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2005: 1–4. © 2005 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objective: 

Depression in people related to delivering women is documented in their mates, but only anecdotal in other family members. We describe a case of depression in a woman who had previously experienced postpartum depression after the birth of her nephew. Method: 

A clinical description of the case. Results: 

A 53-year-old woman, hysterectomized at age 47 years, was admitted for attempted suicide. She developed major depressive episode 1 month after her daughter had delivered a son. She had a past history of two postpartum depressive episodes clinically identical to the current episode. The episode resolved after 5 weeks. At 1-year follow-up, the patient is still asymptomatic. Conclusion: 

Psychological and cultural factors were at play in this case more than hormonal and biopsychosocial ones.
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Keywords: depression; family; postpartum; projection; suicide

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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