Monthly Archives: January 2008

ECT and Pregnancy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective treatments for depression, with response rates that are consistently higher than those observed in clinical trials of antidepressants. Furthermore, ECT may be more effective than medications for treatment-refractory depression. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recommends ECT for patients who have had previous positive response to ECT or who are non-responsive to pharmacological treatments, as well as for those patients who experience severe psychiatric symptoms, including depression with psychosis. suicidal ideation, and mania.

Smoking While Breastfeeding: What Are the Risks?

Approximately 25% of American women of reproductive age smoke tobacco, and many continue to smoke during and after pregnancy despite the known potential harm to their own health and to their child’s health. These health threats remain after the child’s birth as the baby is exposed to nicotine and other toxins in both ambient air and breast milk.

Research Study at CWMH: Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy

Are you an expectant mother? Do you have questions about bipolar disorder and antidepressants or mood-stabilizers during pregnancy? If you are pregnant and diagnosed with bipolar disorder (or manic depression), you may be eligible for this research study. Participants meet with research coordinators and psychiatrists who specialize in bipolar illness during pregnancy. For more information about this study, please contact Rachel at (617) 726-2912 or rvanderkruik@partners.org.