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How will new depression screening guidelines benefit mothers?

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Katrisa Parks puts her eight-month-old son Skyler down for a nap in the room they share. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations about depression screening in adults this morning.

These new recommendations will focus on pregnant women and new mothers, who were not explicitly mentioned in the last USPSTF recommendation in 2009.

While this is a step forward, how will these new recommendations be carried out in practice? How will this is change the taboo nature of talking about depression among new and expecting mothers? What is your experience with depression as a mother?


Dr. Emily Dossett, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center

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