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Diagnostic Update

Despite being 1 of the most prevalent peripartum morbidities, postpartum depression (PPD) is 1 of the least recognized. The incidence of PPD may have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, and peripartum mental health conditions are among the most common cause of preventable pregnancy-related deaths. This article discusses diagnostic criteria and tools for diagnosing PPD, differential diagnoses to consider when treating patients with PPD, and common barriers clinicians and patients face when obtaining a PPD diagnosis.