Post-partum depression: systematic identification implemented in 2022

The government is tackling postpartum depression. A ” systematic maintenance around the 5e week after childbirth “Will be established in early 2022 to identify this still little-known evil, which would affect between 15 and 30% of mothers, said Tuesday, September 28 the Secretary of State for Children Adrien Taquet, during the Assises of mental health in Paris.

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For women at risk, it will be followed by a second interview around the 12e week “, Also indicated Adrien Taquet, according to the transcript of his speech transmitted to AFP. It will be carried out by health professionals: attending physicians or midwives, who will have been made aware of the identification of post-partum depression, the secretary of state said. If signs of depression are detected, the parent may be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

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100,000 women a year suffer from postpartum depression – 15%, I believe is the commonly accepted figure -. In a recent survey, 30% of mothers and 18% of fathers say they have experienced a depressive episode », Continued Adrien Taquet.

But only 5% of mothers say they have been diagnosed by a specialist and 78% of parents had never heard of postpartum depression during medical appointments, according to this survey conducted in August 2021 by OpinionWay for the company. of telemedicine Qare.

“There is not a trip in which the actors do not talk to me about child psychiatry”

As part of the “first 1,000 days” plan, launched in 2019 to support families during this crucial period for the child and the creation of solid attachment links with parents, several measures have been put in place, including one. application “first 1000 days” gives information to parents or future parents.

A call for projects was launched with 10 million euros for ” strengthen the offer in perinatal psychiatry ” in ” opening 5 to 10 new joint parent-baby care units and creating 15 to 20 new mobile teams », Underlined the Secretary of State.

Since my appointment two and a half years ago, there is not a trip in which the actors do not talk to me about child psychiatry that must be reinforced. Not a single trip where no one told me about the 6 to 18 months of waiting in the infant and juvenile CMP (medico-psychological centers) “, Declared the Secretary of State, judging that” cannot be satisfied with waiting times in CMPs or the impossibility of emergency hospitalization of adolescents due to lack of space “.

Emergency calls for mood disorders among children under 15 increased by 40% at the end of 2020 compared to what was observed during the same period in 2018 and 2019 », Said Adrien Taquet.


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