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To evaluate the prevalence of suicide risk and comorbidities in postpartum women. This is a cross-sectional study of postpartum women. The sample comprised mothers who have received prenatal care from the Brazilian National System of Public Heath in the city of Pelotas. Suicide risk and other mental disorders were evaluated using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI). A yes answer on one of the six interview questions was considered a sign of suicide risk. The sample consisted of 919 postpartum women. The 11.5% suicide prevalence was 4.62 (CI 2.45, 8.73) times higher in women with low educational levels. Women with comorbid depression or an anxiety disorder showed a 17.04 (CI 2.27; 19.96) times greater risk of suicide than those who did not suffer from any mood disorder. Lower education levels and psychiatric disorders are associated with suicide risk. Bipolar disorder is the psychiatric disorder with the highest impact on suicide risk.


Daniele Tavares, Luciana Quevedo, Karen Jansen, Luciano Souza, Ricardo Pinheiro, Ricardo Silva. Prevalence of suicide risk and comorbidities in postpartum women in Pelotas. Revista brasileira de psiquiatria (São Paulo, Brazil : 1999). 2012 Oct;34(3):270-6

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