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Day-to-Day Mood Changes after Childbirth: Further Data

  • R. E. Kendell (a1), W. E. Mackenzie (a2), C. West (a3), R. J. McGuire (a4) and J. L. Cox (a4)...

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The depression and lability of mood which have been previously reported on the fifth day after childbirth are largely restricted to women with high neuroticism scores. The pattern of day-to-day mood changes is the same after Caesarian section as after vaginal delivery, but there is no ‘day five’ phenomenon after hysterectomy. Post-partum mood disturbance is less prominent in women who return home 48 hours after delivery.

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Day-to-Day Mood Changes after Childbirth: Further Data

  • R. E. Kendell (a1), W. E. Mackenzie (a2), C. West (a3), R. J. McGuire (a4) and J. L. Cox (a4)...

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Day-to-Day Mood Changes after Childbirth: Further Data

  • R. E. Kendell (a1), W. E. Mackenzie (a2), C. West (a3), R. J. McGuire (a4) and J. L. Cox (a4)...
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