From the Center Director: Join us for Rounds at the Center for Women’s Mental Health

From the Center Director, Dr. Lee S. Cohen: Join us for Virtual Rounds at the CWMH Starting Wednesday, April 1st The last few weeks has brought a whole new lexicon into play from "social distancing" to "PPE's" to "virtual care" to "flattening the curve".  As our faculty at the Center for Women’s Mental Health (CWMH) have gone fully remote with respect to clinical and research activity, we have managed to stay [...]

March 27th, 2020|

Suicidal Ideation in Pregnancy More Common in Women with Trauma Histories

Suicidal ideation is relatively common among pregnant women; however, the risk of attempted or completed suicide in this poplaiton is lower that observed in the general population.  In screening women for suicidal ideation, our primary goal is to reduce the risk of suicide. The vast majority of women who report suicidal ideation will not go on to attempt or commit suicide; yet, that single question can help us to identify women [...]

March 26th, 2020|

Commonly Used Screening Tools May Not Identify Women with Perinatal Anxiety Disorders

Commonly Used Screening Tools May Not Identify Women with Perinatal Anxiety Disorders In 2015, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a committee opinion recommending that clinicians screen patients at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms.  Most obstetric clinics use questionnaires, like the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, to screen for depression.  While this screening tool was specifically designed to screen for depression, it does include [...]

March 24th, 2020|

Weekly Roundup for MARCH 20, 2020: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The world looks dramatically different than it did a week ago, and we are all struggling to find our equilibrium.  These are very challenging times, and it is easy to feel helpless and confused. To help our readers navigate and make sense of the current situation, we will provide information on COVID-19 relevant to our patient population: COVID-19 Outbreak: Information for Pregnant Women COVID-19 Outbreak: Flattening the (Anxiety) Curve And the [...]

March 22nd, 2020|

COVID-19 Outbreak: Flattening the (Anxiety) Curve

The COVID-19 outbreak is an event unlike any other we have experienced in the United States.  Over the last century, we have faced many different types of challenges; however, this one is different.  It affects all of us. It is also unusual because it is a crisis that is evolving so quickly, yet at the same time, we must sit at home, waiting for it, whatever that is, to happen.  We [...]

March 19th, 2020|

Telephone-Based Interpersonal Therapy for PPD is Effective

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) has been shown to be effective for the treatment of postpartum depression. Typically this treatment is delivered in person; however given limited access to specialized providers, recent research has explored the feasibility and effectiveness of treatments delivered remotely. A recent study looks at the use of IPT for the treatment of postpartum depression as delivered by nurses over the telephone. This study recruited 241 postpartum women with major [...]

March 19th, 2020|