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Estimating relapse/recurrence rates of anxiety and/or depression in perinatal women with a history of the disorders, as well as identifying risk and protective factors for relapse/recurrence


Maternal anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postnatal period can negatively affect the cognitive, social and emotional development of children in infancy, early childhood and even adolescence. One of the strongest predictors of anxiety and/or depression in the perinatal period is anxiety and/or depression before pregnancy. While some women with a history of anxiety and/or depression will experience a recurrence of the condition in the perinatal period, others will remain well. This analysis seeks to estimate the proportion of women with preconception anxiety and/or depression who experience relapse or recurrence. It also aims to identify the differences between the two groups of women to understand how to better support them to stay well.