Blog 2018-05-14T03:59:33+00:00

Weekly Roundup for JUNE 29, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

This week we have several interesting and clinically relevant articles.  We have long know that depression during pregnancy is one of the most robust predictors of postpartum depression; Lupattelli and colleagues demonstrate that treatment during pregnancy decreases the risk of postpartum depression.  Munk-Olsen and colleagues examine outcomes in infants exposed to lithium, observing a small increase in congenital malformations but no increase in risk of cardiovascular malformations (as seen in the [...]

June 30th, 2018|

In Brief: Anxiety and Risk of Fractures in Postmenopausal Women

Around 10 years ago, there was a series of publications suggesting a link between the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants and bone loss in older women.  One of the things that made it difficult to interpret this information was that these studies could not determine if the bone loss was actually caused by exposure to the SSRI antidepressant because there is evidence to indicate that depression itself (in the absence [...]

June 26th, 2018|

Resources: Learn About Trauma in Children from the Child Mind Institute

Many or our patients, most of them mothers or mothers-to-be, have expressed distress and outrage related to this past week’s events at our southern border:  the separation of young immigrant children from their parents. Children experiencing this sort of traumatic event will suffer both short- and  long-term psychological consequences, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.   In response to these events, multiple professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Academy [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Cannabis and Pregnancy:  What the Dispensary Might Tell You

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, here is another post about the use of marijuana during pregnancy.  There are several reasons we keep coming back to this issue. There has been a significant increase in the use of marijuana among women of reproductive age, and this trend is likely to continue as more states legalize recreational marijuana.  While information regarding the reproductive safety of marijuana is limited, the [...]

June 19th, 2018|

In Brief: Women with Borderline Personality May Experience Premenstrual Exacerbation of Symptoms

While about 5% of women have premenstrual dysphoric disorder, we more commonly see women who experience premenstrual exacerbation of mood and anxiety disorders.  A small study of 15 women with borderline personality disorder (who were not taking psychotropic medications or hormonal contraceptives) suggests that most symptoms attributable to borderline personality disorder significantly worsened in the week before and during the first week of  menstruation. (This is somewhat delayed from what is [...]

June 18th, 2018|

Weekly Roundup for JUNE 15, 2018: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Each week, we take a quick look at the most recent articles published in women's mental health. Obstetrical and neonatal outcomes after benzodiazepine exposure during pregnancy: Results from a prospective registry of women with psychiatric disorders. Freeman MP, et al.  Gen Hosp Psychiatry, May 2018. Infants exposed to benzodiazepines during pregnancy had an increased risk of NICU admissions and small head circumferences. Confounding from psychiatric symptoms and other variables cannot be [...]

June 16th, 2018|