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Welcome to the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health

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Welcome to The Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH. Our Center, established in 1989, has been renamed following the generous gift from Carol Ammon and Dr. Marie Pinizzotto. These resources will be used to realize the overarching mission of the 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.

The National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications:

All pregnant women between the ages of 18-45 with a history of psychiatric illness are eligible to enroll in the registry. The primary goal of this Registry is to determine the frequency of major malformations, such as heart defects, cleft lip, or neural tube defects, in infants exposed to atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants during pregnancy.  We are currently seeking both controls and those being treated with atypical antipsychotics and/ or antidepressants. For more information, please visit this page, call 1-866-961-2388 or e-mail registry@womensmentalhealth.org.

Course of ADHD in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Are you pregnant? Do you have a history of ADHD?

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and have a history of ADHD, you may be eligible to take part in an observational research study for women maintaining, decreasing, or discontinuing psychostimulants during pregnancy and the postpartum. Women who participate will have 6 study visits that can be completed in-person at Massachusetts General Hospital or over the phone.

For more information, please call (617)726-2912 or email the study coordinator at onoe@partners.org

 EnBrace HR for MDD Relapse Prevention in         Women Trying to Conceive and Early Pregnancy:

 

Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Do you feel depressed or have a history of depression? If you are less than 28 weeks pregnant or trying to conceive and have experienced depression now or in the past, you may be eligible to take part in a research study for the treatment of depression with a prenatal supplement. For more information, please visit this page, call Taylor at 617-643-9284 or email tchurch1@partners.org

 

 

Lifestyle Intervention Research Study Opportunity:

Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Do you have a history of depression? Do you want to lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle? You may be eligible to participate in a research study evaluating a new lifestyle intervention for weight loss. Participants will receive 10 sessions of therapy at no cost to you.

If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please call Samantha at 617-643-2076.

 

The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health

Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program

Simches Research Building

185 Cambridge St Suite 2200

Boston, MA 02114

 

To make an appointment:

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

Location of appointments: 

Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

15 Parkman St., Floor 8

Boston, MA 02114-3117 

Latest News from our Blog

  • In Brief: Night Sweats? Hot Flashes? Try Yoga

    January 18, 2018

    Yoga is frequently recommended as a treatment for menopause-related symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms and sleep disturbance; however, studies regarding its effectiveness have yielded mixed results. In a recent meta-anlsyis, researchers analyzed data from 13 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1306 participants. Compared with no treatment, yoga reduced total menopausal symptoms, and specifically led to ...

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  • Probiotics for Postpartum Depression? Not There Yet

    January 16, 2018

    The role of the gut microbiome in mood disorders is an emerging, fascinating field in neuroscience and medicine. Numerous studies have shown that the gut microbiota (colonies of both “good” and “bad” bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tract) are important in normal brain function. Furthermore, the status of this bacterial population can activate central nervous ...

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  • Weekly Roundup for January 12, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

    January 12, 2018

    The two most important articles of late present the results of two studies (Levine et al 2018, Bjork et al 2018) demonstrating that periconceptual use of folic acid reduces the risk of having a child with autism or autistic traits.  The first study assessed risk in all women; the second focused on the risk in ...

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  • In Brief: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves Sleep in Perimenopausal Women

    January 11, 2018

    Peri- and post-menopausal women frequently complain of insomnia or poor sleep quality. Sleep disturbance is often attributed to nocturnal hot flashes; however, a sizeable proportion of menopausal women may have a primary sleep disorder.    As part of the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health network (MS-FLASH), randomized clinical trials (RCTs) were used ...

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  • Higher Doses of Topiramate (Topamax) During Pregnancy, Increased Risk of Oral Clefts

    January 9, 2018

    Topiramate (TPM, marketed as Topamax) is an antiepileptic drug which is also used for migraine prophylaxis, weight loss, and, less commonly, as a mood stabilizer.  Over the last few years we have seen several studies suggesting an increased risk of oral clefts in infants exposed to topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy.  A large ...

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  • Happy New Year: What Happened in 2017?

    January 4, 2018

    Happy New Year from the Center for Women’s Mental Health!!   As we sit here in the Northeast bracing for yet another major snowstorm to hit, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the past year.  It has been another very active year in the field of women’s mental health, with about 350 newly published ...

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