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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-62

How coronavirus disease 2019 is affecting the mental health of postpartum women: A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Psychiatry, BLDE (DU). Shri B M Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapur, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, BLDE (DU). Shri B M Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapur, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Medicine, BLDE (DU). Shri B M Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapur, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Santosh Iranna Ramdurg
Department of Psychiatry, BLDE (DU). Shri B M Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bangaramma Sajjan Campus, Solapur Road, Vijayapur - 586 103, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_117_21

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Aims: We aimed to study the prevalence of mental health problems in postpartum women during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to evaluate various parameters affecting it. Methods: Data were collected from May 15, 2020, to October 15, 2020, and during this period, 311 postpartum women were enrolled in the study. Sociodemographic data and obstetric-related information and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale-21 were administered. Data were analyzed for the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress among postpartum women and various factors that affect mental health. Results: Postpartum women showed a higher prevalence of depression (38%), anxiety (42%), and stress (21%). It was more in rural background women, single mother, having 4–5 children, and from higher socioeconomic (lower socioeconomic status) background. Conclusion: This study assessed the prevalence of mental health problems in postpartum women and highlighted the high prevalence rates of anxiety, depression, and stress among this population.


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