Perinatal Depression Triples Suicidal Behavior Risk in Mothers: 18-Year Follow-Up Study
10 Jan 2024 • Mothers clinically diagnosed with perinatal depression (PND) faced a staggering threefold increase in the risk of suicidal behavior compared to those without PND.
- The heightened risk, particularly pronounced in postnatal depression, persisted for 18 years after diagnosis. The risk surged sevenfold in the first year post-diagnosis.
- The association was greater for postnatal depression and among women without a history of psychiatric disorders.
These findings suggest that vigilant clinical monitoring and interventions are needed for this vulnerable population to prevent such devastating events.
Source: JAMA Network Open | Read full story