• 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: Should Lithium Dose Be Reduced Prior to Delivery?

    The dosing of lithium presents certain challenges during pregnancy.  During pregnancy, there is a physiologic increase in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which is a measure of how quickly the kidney clears renally excreted compounds, [...]

    New Research from the CWMH: No Increase in Major Malformations in Children Prenatally Exposed to Aripiprazole

    Despite the increasing use of the newer atypical or second-generation antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, we have relatively little [...]

    Essential Reads: Can Group Prenatal Care Support Maternal Mental Health?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way antenatal care is being delivered in the United States, such as having fewer visits and replacing some in-clinic visits with virtual visits over telemedicine platforms. There has been [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

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