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21 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Perinatal Depression

from Part Four - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 January 2022

Gillian Todd
University of East Anglia
Rhena Branch
University of East Anglia
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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for perinatal distress. Adapting CBT for perinatal patients requires the clinician to consider characteristics specific to this population. The assessment process must be informed by knowledge of normative changes associated with pregnancy and the early months of parenthood, and treatment strategies may require modification to address challenges related to pregnancy or parenting. This chapter provides an overview of mental health concerns during pregnancy and the early postpartum period, summarizes the research demonstrating the efficacy of CBT in this population, and describes ways in which CBT can be effectively adapted for treating depression and related problems during the transition to parenthood.

Evidence-Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Compendium
, pp. 418 - 458
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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