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[Comment] Post-partum depression—a glimpse of light in the darkness?

There can be little doubt about the importance of mood episodes in pregnancy and following childbirth.1 Mood episodes are common—post-partum depression is the most common medical complication of maternity, affecting around one in ten new mothers.2 They can also be severe—episodes of post-partum psychosis represent some of the most serious episodes of illness seen in psychiatry.3 Perinatal mood episodes cause substantial impairment to women and have a wide ranging impact on their babies, families, and society.