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What We Are Learning From the MGH Postpartum Project

Postpartum psychosis (PPP) is a rare but serious psychiatric illness, occurring in 1 to 2 per 1000 women in the weeks.   Because postpartum psychosis is so rare, we do not have specific guidelines regarding its treatment. While the last decade has brought increased awareness of the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression, our knowledge regarding the ideal acute treatment for postpartum psychosis, and our understanding of the etiology of this most severe form of...

Using Cannabis: How Does it Affect Fertility?

In women of reproductive age, cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug, and there the use of cannabis during pregnancy is on the rise.    While recent studies have suggested that cannabis use during pregnancy may pose risks to the developing fetus, less is known about the impact of cannabis on fertility. Up until very recently, only three studies (Klonoff-Cohen et al 2006; Kasman et al 2018; Wise et al 2018) have examined the...

Weekly Roundup for NOVEMBER 15, 2019: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

One of the more important articles regarding screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) was published in a journal you might not regularly read.  While most studies use the EPDS to screen for PMADs, we have long been concerned that this approach to screening might not be identifying of may misdiagnose women with more severe psychiatric illness, such as women with bipolar disorder.  Using the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, nearly one in five perinatal women...

What is Postpartum Psychosis: This is What You Need to Know

Because postpartum psychosis is a relatively rare event, we do not have as much information on this illness as we have on postpartum depression.  In addition, most of the literature we have on postpartum psychosis is not new.  A few years back, the American Journal of Psychiatry published an excellent review.  Another useful resource was published in the Obstetric Clinics of North America.  Both citations are at the end of this post. Both of those...

Online Course on Women’s Mental Health – Final Week

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN We are currently offering an online course on women’s mental health. This online course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women across the reproductive lifespan. Specialized knowledge is necessary to tailor treatments to reproductive events such as pregnancy and pregnancy planning, the postpartum, breastfeeding, the menopausal transition, and menstrual cycle related mood dysregulation. The course runs from November 4 – December 16.  In addition to the...

Maternal Anxiety and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes: Why We Need to Screen Women for Anxiety During Pregnancy

When providing information to patients regarding the use of medications during pregnancy, one key element of the decision-making process is an appraisal of the risks associated with untreated psychiatric illness in the mother.  While there are risks associated with taking medications during pregnancy, untreated illness in the mother also carries some degree of risk. There is evidence to indicate that mothers with untreated psychiatric illness are more likely to have worse pregnancy outcomes and are...