• Depression During the COVID-19 Lockdown Highlights the Importance of Social Connections for New Moms

    Because pregnant and postpartum women face unique challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be at increased risk for mental health problems in this setting.  In a recent study, researchers from the University College of London surveyed 162 new mothers in London between May and June 2020 using a social network survey designed to assess the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

    Essential Reads: Evidence-Based Interventions for Depressed Mothers and Their Young Children

    In a given year, about 10% of mothers in the United States experience a major depressive episode (MDE).  Roughly translated, this means about 1 in 10 children is exposed to maternal depression each year (Ertel [...]

    Probiotics for Prenatal Depression and Anxiety: Underscoring the Need for More Research

    Although we have data on the reproductive safety of various medications used to treat anxiety, many women would understandably prefer to avoid medications when possible.  Many women ask about alternative treatments, including dietary supplements, herbal [...]

    Using the WHIPLASHED Mnemonic to Distinguish Unipolar from Bipolar Depression

    Women with bipolar disorder (BD) are at extremely high risk for postpartum psychiatric illness, including postpartum psychosis.  While the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology now recommends that all women be screened for depression [...]

    How Do Race and Ethnicity Impact Access and Utilization of Perinatal Mental Health Services?

    Growing attention is being given to the public health dimensions of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Previously, we have reviewed studies looking at the prevalence of screening for PMADs and disparities therein and [...]

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