A team from Harvard Medical School studied over 11,000 women who gave birth between July 2004 and September 2006.
They found that 15% of the women with diabetes had a diagnosis of depression, or took antidepressant medication, during the perinatal period compared to only 8% of those without diabetes.
Additionally, the researchers found that almost 10% of the women with diabetes experienced new onset depression after giving birth, compared to just 6% of those without.
The authors said: ‘Treatable, perinatal depression is under diagnosed and it is important to target detection and support efforts toward women at high-risk.’
Journal of the American Medical Association (2009) 301: 842-847
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