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    15 06, 2015

    Screening for Depression During Pregnancy May Lead to Misdiagnosis for Women with Bipolar Disorder

    By |2016-01-29T12:52:12-04:00June 15th, 2015|Bipolar Disorder, Depression in Women, Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology now recommends that women be screened for depression during pregnancy.  Because depressive symptoms during pregnancy have been associated with worse outcomes and are a robust predictor of postpartum [...]

    26 05, 2021

    Essential Reads: Lithium and Breastfeeding

    By |2021-05-24T09:20:50-04:00May 26th, 2021|Bipolar Disorder, Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding and Psychiatric Medications, Essential Reads, Postpartum|

    Because women with bipolar disorder are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period, we typically recommend that women continue treatment with lithium throughout the postpartum period.  While this intervention clearly decreases risk for postpartum psychiatric illness, the use of lithium while breastfeeding presents certain challenges.  

    25 03, 2015

    You Asked: Should Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Dose Be Adjusted During Pregnancy?

    By |2021-09-13T08:40:04-04:00March 25th, 2015|Anticonvulsants, Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy, You Asked|

    For many women with bipolar disorder, lamotrigine (Lamictal) is an effective mood stabilizer.  Given its relatively favorable reproductive safety profile, lamotrigine is a reasonable option for women who require treatment with a mood stabilizer during pregnancy.

    18 06, 2014

    In the New York Times: Understanding Maternal Mental Illness

    By |2015-07-09T11:32:02-04:00June 18th, 2014|Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders|

    This week in the New York Times, there is a two-part story on maternal mental illness. Highlighting the experience of two women who became ill during the postpartum period, the articles focus on the range of disorders which can emerge during the postpartum period -- not only depression, but bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis.

    11 09, 2013

    More Data on the Use of Atypical Antipsychotics During Pregnancy

    By |2015-08-05T14:57:16-04:00September 11th, 2013|Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    Despite the use of the newer “atypical” antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, three is relatively little data on the reproductive safety of these newer atypical agents.   

    10 06, 2013

    Prevalence and Trends in the Use of Antipsychotic Medications during Pregnancy

    By |2016-03-28T13:23:56-04:00June 10th, 2013|New Research, Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    Since their introduction in the 1990s, atypical (second-generation) antipsychotics have replaced typical (first generation) antipsychotics as the first-line treatment for schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. These drugs are widely used by reproductive age women across many other disease states including bipolar disorder, major depression and anxiety disorders as either primary or adjunctive treatments.

    15 05, 2013

    Atypical Antipsychotic Medications: What Do We Know About Their Reproductive Safety?

    By |2015-08-06T10:39:32-04:00May 15th, 2013|Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    Atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Despite the increasing use of these medications in women of child-bearing age, there is still relatively little data regarding the reproductive safety and long-term neurodevelopmental effects of these medications. A recent study assessed the development of 76 infants with fetal exposure to atypical antipsychotics.

    17 07, 2012

    Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy Increases Risk of Gestational Diabetes

    By |2015-08-12T13:48:19-04:00July 17th, 2012|Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    Atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Despite the increasing use of these medications in women of child-bearing age, there is still relatively little data regarding the reproductive safety of these medications. 

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