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Postnatal depression

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Torel Thomas MBBCh, T Eltahir MBBCh
Foundation Years Journal, volume 1, issue 7, p.345 (123Doc Education, London, November 2007)


Mrs M is a 32 year old in hospital following the birth of her third child. She delivered three weeks ago. The delivery was a difficult one and her child is currently on the Special Care Baby Unit. Although her child is progressing well, for the last two weeks Mrs M has been tearful, not engaging well with her child when she visits, looks dishevelled, and is convinced her baby will die despite reassurances from members of your team. You are the FY doctor looking after Mrs M’s child – what do you do?

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Torel Thomas MBBCh (Corresponding author)

Specialist Trainee Psychiatry
The George Mackenzie Unit
Fulbourn Hospital
CB21 5EF

T Eltahir MBBCh

Fulbourn Hospital


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