By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 22, 2009
Depression accompanying pregnancy is a topic that receives less discussion than the well-documented postpartum depression.
Depression is not uncommon in pregnant women. Between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women will experience a depressive episode while pregnant.
In 2003, approximately 13 percent of pregnant women took an antidepressant at some point during their pregnancy. According to background information in an article in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, this rate has doubled since 1999. Many women go untreated due to concerns regarding the safety of treating pregnant women.