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Lecture on Perinatal Depression held at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)

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Lecture on Perinatal Depression held at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)

Rawalpindi: Causes like past history of psychopathology, psychological disturbance during pregnancy, poor marital relationship, coincidental adverse life events and low social support increase the risk of 'Perinatal Depression'.

This was observed by Dr Jane Fisher, a Clinical Psychologist by profession and Associate Professor at University of Melbourne, who was the guest speaker at a lecture on the mental health problems of women, organised by the Department of Behavioural Sciences at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here Monday. The lecture was focused on perinatal depression in women and understanding those aspects of women's lives that affect their mental health.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jane Fisher briefed the audience about the signs and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and different preventive strategies that could be incorporated to avoid postnatal mental health problems. She was of the view that a better understanding of infant needs and temperament, increased marital confidence, and information about common perinatal mental disorders and health problems could help in avoiding the risk of perinatal depression in parents. She said that integrated multidimensional approaches to reduce poverty and prevent gender-based violence are essential to improve mental health problems.

Earlier, Dr Farah Qadir, Incharge Behavioural Sciences Department, welcomed the audience on the occasion. A large number of faculty and students attended the lecture that was of great significance for them being young women. At the end, the university souvenir was also presented to the honourable guest as a token of appreciation by Professor Dr Naheed Zia Khan, Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce, Management & Administrative Sciences and Science & Technology.

Dr Fisher has been involved in different projects of World Health Organisation to develop preventive interventions for postnatal depression. She chairs the Melbourn School of Population Health's Research Higher Degree Committee and is currently working on perinatal mental health in resource-poor countries.