Clinical Practice: It’s Not All in Your Head: Revised Perinatal Depression Guidance Adds to ACOG’s Resources about the Disorder

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ACOG recently released its revised Committee Opinion on Screening for Perinatal Depression; it is recommended that pregnant women be screened at least once during the perinatal period for depression and that practices have a referral process in place for women who may require follow-up and treatment. Depression is the most common mood disorder in the general population and is approximately twice as common in women as in men, with initial onset peaking during the reproductive-age years.

Perinatal depression can have devastating effects on women, infants, and families. The new guidance is an important piece of ACOG’s comprehensive approach to ensure that obstetricians-gynecologists and other obstetric providers have the appropriate tools to identify and treat this common, but often unrecognized and misunderstood, disorder. ACOG offers additional clinical physician  and patient resources on this topic on the website: Depression and Postpartum Depression Resource Overview.

For information on ICD coding for perinatal depression, view ACOG’s Coding Memo with ICD codes on Screening, Treatment and Diagnosis of Perinatal Depression.