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Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health, a perinatal and reproductive psychiatry information center.

This website provides a range of current information including discussion of new research findings in women’s mental health and how such investigations inform day-to-day clinical practice. Despite the growing number of studies being conducted in women’s health, the clinical implications of such work are frequently controversial, leaving patients with questions regarding the most appropriate path to follow. Providing these resources to patients and their doctors so that individual clinical decisions can be made in a thoughtful and collaborative fashion dovetails with the mission of our Center.

We hope you find this website informative and we welcome your comments.

The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program Simches Research Builiding 185 Cambridge St Suite 2200 Boston, MA 02114

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Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Program: (617) 724-7792

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  • Antipsychotics and Pregnancy Part 1: Preliminary Data from the Australian Registry

    July 28, 2014

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    This is the first part of a two part series on the use of antipsychotic medications during pregnancy. Atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite the increasing use of these medications in women of child-bearing age, there is still relatively little data regarding the reproductive safety and long-term ...

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  • Self-Compassion: A Cure for Menopausal Symptoms?

    July 23, 2014

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    About 75% of peri- and postmenopausal women have vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats; however, some women experience more distress or “bother” in response to these symptoms. A new research study suggests that certain personality traits may affect how women experience these uncomfortable symptoms.

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  • Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition

    July 21, 2014

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    Women with histories of major depression are vulnerable during the transition to menopause and are at increased risk for relapse; however, we have less information on how this transition affects women with bipolar disorder.

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  • Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

    July 21, 2014

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    The 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium, entitled Advances and Targets in Energy Balance and Obesity, took place on July 9-10, 2014.

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  • Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Effective for Hot Flashes

    July 20, 2014

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    A recent meta-analysis concludes that acupuncture is effective for the management of menopausal vasomotor symptoms.

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  • Weight Loss Helps to Reduce Hot Flashes

    July 10, 2014

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    About 70% of perimenopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes. A new study indicates that a behavioral program focusing on weight loss may help to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

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  • SSRI Antidepressants Not Associated with Cardiovascular Defects

    July 9, 2014

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    Over the last few years, we have reported on several studies which have suggested an  increased risk of certain types of cardiovascular malformations among children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. The first reports suggested a link between cardiac septal defects and exposure to paroxetine; other, but not all, studies have also ...

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  • PTSD Increases the Risk of Preterm Birth

    July 7, 2014

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    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is relatively common among pregnant and postpartum women. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD for women is about 10%, with one-third of episodes lasting more than five years. Given the relatively high prevalence of PTSD in young women and the chronic nature of the illness, many women may experience PTSD symptoms during ...

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  • New Research from the CWMH: CBT to Reduce Risk of Relapse in Women Attempting to Discontinue Antidepressants

    July 1, 2014

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    Pregnancy is a time of risk for women with histories of major depression. In a study where 201 women with histories of recurrent depression were followed prospectively through pregnancy, 43% experienced a relapse of major depression during pregnancy. Relapse rates were highest in the group of women who elected to discontinue antidepressant treatment proximate to ...

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  • Breastfeeding and Anti-Epileptic Medications

    June 24, 2014

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    Because breastfeeding has many psychological and medical benefits for both the mother and her child, many women would like to breastfeed. However, all medications taken by the mother are secreted into the breast milk. While various studies have addressed the short-term safety of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in nursing infants, none have systematically assessed the long-term ...

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