Essential Reads: How to Screen for Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Postpartum Women?

When obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs during the postpartum period, women may experience typical OCD symptoms related to contamination and cleaning, catastrophic thoughts and checking, or symmetry and ordering.  However, many women with postpartum OCD, as [...]

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 [...]

Essential Reads: More Data on ADHD Medications and Pregnancy

Women with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often discontinue psychostimulant  medications during pregnancy, especially if they have milder symptoms.  While this approach makes sense in terms of limiting unnecessary exposures in women with what appears to [...]

Essential Reads:  Is there a Role for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Women at Risk for Perinatal Depression?

The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential components of the human diet and have a broad range of health benefits.  Furthermore, they may also be beneficial [...]

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