A woman is most biologically vulnerable to psychiatric illness during the postpartum period.
Antidepressant medications are not teratogenic.
Risks associated with untreated postpartum depression have the greatest short- and long-term ramifications for both the patient and her offspring.
Women may seek treatment only for premenstrual worsening of symptoms because they fail to recognize their ever-present depression.
Women with premenstrual exacerbation of underlying depression may be at elevated risk of suicide.