Early Childhood Mental Health: Starting Early with the Pregnant Mother

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Perinatal mental health has important implications for maternal and child outcomes. Most women with psychiatric disorders during pregnancy go undiagnosed and untreated, despite widespread initiatives for early identification. Universal screening for psychiatric disorders, particularly depression and anxiety, has been implemented in obstetric and primary care settings. However, there is little evidence regarding the effectiveness on psychiatric symptom reduction or prevention of adverse outcomes in children. Recently, comprehensive screening and follow-up programs integrated within obstetric or primary care settings have shown promising results in improving maternal mental health outcomes. Further work is needed to determine best clinical and most cost-effective practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-426
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Perinatal
  • Pregnancy
  • Screening


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