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The following is a list of depression related publications authored by CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. These publications are only a few of the scientific and technical materials available. We recommend that you review abstracts of our reports and other publications by using the resources of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service. PubMed is a searchable database that provides abstracts of biomedical articles and reports. You also may be able to obtain full text articles (some services may require subscriptions to view full text articles). If you are seeking less technical information, please use the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus, which offers a wide range of information on diseases, disorders, treatments, drugs, and preventive services.

Depression Articles Authored by CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health (2013) Mental health among women of reproductive age fact sheet (CDC Publication No. CS241823-A)  [PDF- 423KB]. Atlanta, GA: Government Printing Office.

Ko JY, Farr SL, Dietz PM, Robbins CL. Depression and treatment among U.S. pregnant and nonpregnant women of reproductive age, 2005–2009. J Women’s Health. 2012 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Farr SL, Hayes DK, Bitsko RH, Bansil P, Dietz PM. Depression, diabetes, and chronic disease risk factors among U.S. women of reproductive age. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Nov;8(6):A119.

Farr SL, Dietz PM, Williams JR, Gibbs FA, Tregear S. Depression screening and treatment among nonpregnant women of reproductive age in the United States, 1990–2010.  Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Nov;8(6):A122.

Farr SL, Bitsko RH, Hayes DK, Dietz PM. Mental health and access to services among U.S. women of reproductive age. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Dec;203(6):542.e1-9.

Farr SL, Curtis KM, Robbins CL, Zapata LB, Dietz PM. Use of contraception among U.S. women with frequent mental distress. Contraception. 2011 Feb;83(2):127-133. Epub 2010 Aug 30.

Allen AM, Prince CB, Dietz PM. Postpartum depressive symptoms and smoking relapse. Am J Prev Med 2009;36(1):9-12.

Bruce FC, Berg CJ, Hornbrook MC, Whitlock EP, Callaghan WM, Bachman DJ, Gold R, Dietz PM. Maternal Morbidity Rates in a Managed Care Population. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008:111(5):1089-1095.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Postpartum Depressive Symptoms—17 States, 2004–2005. MMWR 2008;57(14):361-366.

Dietz PM, Williams SB, Callaghan WM, Bachman DJ, Whitlock EP, Hornbrook MC. Clinically identified maternal depression before, during, and after pregnancies ending in live births. Am J Psychiatry 2007;164(10):1515-1520.

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Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Into Pediatric Practice This report from the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that more than 400,000 infants are born each year to mothers who are depressed, making perinatal depression the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in America. Pediatric practices are encouraged to screen mothers for postpartum depression, to use community resources for the treatment and referral of the depressed mother, and to provide support for the mother-child relationship.