Anxiety: an invisible complication of pregnancy
Depression is commonly diagnosed during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. While it is largely recognised as a problem, anxiety is often misdiagnosed as depression. Anxiety during pregnancy and in the postpartum period can hinder maternal-infant bonding and manifest as an inability to cope. Pregnant and postpartum women should be screened for anxiety disorders frequently to engage in proper treatment.
Catherine A. Pankonien
Sandra M. Groth
Midwestern State University, Wilson School of Nursing, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
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