Mass. General team develops iPhone app to screen for postpartum depression

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women's Mental Health have developed the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS) , a free iPhone application designed to refine how women around the world are screened for postpartum depression (PPD). The app includes questionnaires about mood, anxiety, sleep and stress at important time periods during and after pregnancy. The questionnaires will identify which specific symptoms are most critical in the diagnosis of PPD in women ages 18-45 who are pregnant or up to 12 weeks postpartum. "The rapid growth of mHealth in psychiatry has led to the development of a variety...

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