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Psychiatric Clinics of North America: June Issue on Women’s Mental Health

In the field of reproductive psychiatry, we don’t really have any textbooks to rely on.  However, the June issue of the Psychiatric Clinics of North America is devoted to Women’s Mental Health, and it’s pretty much the most comprehensive guide on this topic. With articles from leaders in the field, it covers PMDD, medication use […]

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Ovarian Suppression for PMDD: New Study Suggests Long-Term Effectiveness and Tolerability

  PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder has always been a bit of mystery.  We explain that PMDD is triggered by changes in reproductive hormone levels, but when you look at hormone levels in women with PMDD, they do not differ significantly from the hormone levels of women without PMDD.  Another question is why some women […]

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April 2016 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

This will be the last monthly roundup for now.  Because there are so many publications to cover, we will try moving to a weekly roundup.  This will allow us to better highlight the most important articles and will make the list more manageable. Thanks for reading! Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD   Pregnancy-associated homicide and suicide in 37 US states with enhanced pregnancy surveillance. Wallace ME, […]

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Premenstrual Mood Disorders and Postpartum Depression: Similar But Different

It has been hypothesized that both premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression (PPD) occur as the result of rapid shifts in the levels of ovarian hormones. Data regarding the prevalence of PPD among women with documented PPD is sparse, and the existent studies rely upon recall of premenstrual symptoms which is notoriously inaccurate.  Despite […]

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February 2016 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

This roundup is a bit late — lots of publications on the list.  Stay tuned for the March Roundup.   Antenatal depression: Prevalence and risk factor patterns across the gestational period. Castro E Couto T, Cardoso MN, Brancaglion MY, Faria GC, Garcia FD, Nicolato R, Marques de Miranda D, Corrêa H. J Affect Disord. 2016 Mar 1;192:70-5.   Associations of Parental Depression With Child School Performance atAge 16 Years in Sweden. Shen H, Magnusson […]

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Depression and Anxiety More Common in Adolescents with Dysmenorrhea

  Many endocrinological, physical, and psychological changes occur in the adolescent years. Dysmenorrhea,or painful menses, is a relatively common complaint among adolescent girls.   A recent study in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology explored the relationship between mood disorders and dysmenorrhea in adolescence.   Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the occurrence of negative physical, psychological […]

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November 2015 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

It has been another busy month! Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Antidepressants, pregnancy, and stigma: how we are failing mothers and babies. Osborne LM, Payne J. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2015 Mar;203(3):164-6. Do anxiety symptoms predict major depressive disorder in midlife women? The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) Mental Health Study (MHS). Kravitz HM, Schott LL, Joffe H, […]

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October 2015 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

When we started our website 15 years ago, a productive month in the field of reproductive psychiatry meant that a few good articles were published.  Times have certainly changed.   In fact, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the increasing number of publications in this rapidly growing field.   It is clearly impossible to […]

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PMDD and Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: Does Symptom-Onset Dosing Work?

Multiple studies support the efficacy of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).  In the initial studies, treatment was administered daily throughout the entire menstrual cycle.  Researchers observed that for the treatment of PMDD, SRIs seemed to work more rapidly, taking effect within a few days of treatment initiation (as […]

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