Monthly Archives: October 2012

Ultra-Brief ECT for the Treatment of Severe Postpartum Depression

This is a small case report but is an important one, demonstrating the effectiveness of ultra-brief electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of severe postpartum depression.  While most women with postpartum illness have mild to moderate illness, there are some women with severe depression that significantly impairs their ability to function and to care for their child.  Women with severe PPD are also at higher risk for suicide. 

Yet Another Study Investigating SSRIs and Their Impact on Neonatal Outcomes

In a recent retrospective cohort study, data collected from linked records from the Women's and Children's Health Network in South Australia were used to investigate neonatal outcomes in children exposed prenatally to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  Women were included in this study if they gave birth to a singleton, live-born infant between September 2000 and December 2008 (n = 33,965).