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Register for the Postpartum Support International Annual Conference in Philadelphia

The 30th Postpartum Support International Annual Conference will be taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14-15, 2017. The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This professional event is a unique training and networking opportunity, […]

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Weekly Roundup for APRIL 21, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  At the top of the list are three articles (and one commentary) looking at the risk of autism in children exposed to SSRIs. We will soon cover these reports in greater detail; however, the short story is that these studies do not support an association between exposure to SSRIs during pregnancy and increased risk […]

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Neurokinin-3 Receptor Antagonists: A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms

Over the last few years, we have seen a number of articles suggesting that the burden of menopausal symptoms is probably greater than generally perceived.  About 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – hot flashes and night sweats — as they transition into the menopause.  For most, the symptoms are manageable, but for a […]

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Weekly Roundup for APRIL 14, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  The first article on the list from Andrade is an excellent discussion of the difficulties in assessing outcomes in studies of antidepressants during pregnancy.  In addition, there are two articles, one from Vigod and colleagues and a review from Anderson et al, which address the issue of perinatal depression in migrant women.   Offspring […]

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In Brief:  Traumatic Events in Childhood and Adolescence Increase Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

  Previous studies have indicated that depression during the perimenopausal transition is associated with various risk factors, including previous history of depression, poor physical health, and more severe perimenopausal symptoms.  A recent study (reviewed here) indicates that women who experienced multiple traumatic events during childhood or adolescence are more likely to experience depression during the […]

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Weekly Roundup for APRIL 7, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  Lots of good reviews on the list this week:  Postpartum OCD (Roussos-Ross and Nguyen), Role of Reproductive Steroids in Mood and Behavior (Schiller et al), Efficacy of Interventions Treating Mood and Anxiety Disorders During Pregnancy (van Ravesteyn et al), Efficacy of Chinese Herbal Medicines for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (Li et al), Perinatal […]

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In Brief: Maybe Breastfeeding Doesn’t Boost IQ

Over the years, various studies have demonstrated the many advantages of breastfeeding, findings that have led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that all mothers breastfeed their children for the first year of the child’s life. Several studies have also examined the relationship between breastfeeding and intellectual development in younger children and have demonstrated […]

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Perinatal Depression in Fathers: Who is At Greatest Risk?

While perinatal depression is typically considered to be a woman’s illness, a number of studies have suggested that, although men do not experience any of the dramatic physiologic or hormonal changes that go along with pregnancy and the postpartum period, new fathers may also experience perinatal depression. In a cohort study of 3523 new fathers […]

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Weekly Roundup for MARCH 31, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  At the top of the list is an article about brexanolone, a derivative of allopregnanolone, which in a small pilot study was effective for the treatment of postpartum depression.  Also interesting are two articles which discuss perinatal anxiety (from Dennis and colleagues); both of these studies indicate that anxiety is just as common as […]

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