Assessing Mental Health Symptoms to Reduce Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety Among Perinatal Patients

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Post-partum depression (PPD) is a problem that affects many women. Research has established that the proportion of new mothers who are affected by PPD will increase as long as this illness remains undetected (Cai et al., 2019). PPD, a severe form of mental illness caused by pregnancy and childbirth, has become more prevalent. The purpose of this project is to create a mental health assessment tool that will measure mental well-being throughout a women's pregnancy journey. It is designed as a preventative measure for post-partum depression and to measure symptoms related to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders within women who have suffered pregnancy loss or are at risk of post-partum depression. Early detection of PPD is essential to allow for enough time for further evaluation, treatment and support (Horowitz et al., 2012).
A capstone project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Social Work
Social Work, Public Health