Irritability is a common yet underrecognized feature of distress in the perinatal period. Dr. Swales will review the biopsychosocial determinants of perinatal irritability and provide recommendations for assessment and intervention. She will examine the triggers and behavioral outputs of irritability and discuss how providers can attend to an individual’s environment and cultural context in case conceptualization and delivery of clinical services.
- Describe three clinical features of irritability in the perinatal period.
- Identify at least one biological and one psychosocial predictor of perinatal irritability.
- Discuss two clinical strategies to assess and treat irritable mood in pregnant and postpartum populations.