PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES

  • Ania Fida Kind Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ahmed Waqas Human Development Research Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sadiq Naveed Kansas University Medical Center, KS, USA
Keywords: Perinatal depression, Interventions, Psychosocial

Abstract

Perinatal depression is an incapacitating condition, associated with negative outcomes for both the mother and the child. It is perceived as a significant health concern, both in the high income and low to middle income countries (LAMIC). In this commentary, we investigated the potential effectiveness of task-shifting based psychosocial interventions targeting perinatal depression, moderate its antagonistic maternal and pediatric consequences and be effectively incorporated in poorly resourced health frameworks in LAMIC. Many multiphasic and task-shifting interventions including CBT, psychoeducation, interpersonal and exercise-based therapies were reviewed and were found to have a positive impact on perinatal depression. Such interventions are also cost effective and can become part of the management plan for a mother suffering from perinatal depression and lacking access to specialist care.

Published
2019-12-09
How to Cite
Fida, A., Waqas, A., & Naveed, S. (2019). PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR PERINATAL DEPRESSION IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 9(2), 51-53. https://doi.org/10.32413/pjph.v9i2.313