Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders

Perinatal Depression: How Do We Define High Risk? (Part 1)

In 2016, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression; the task force has extended those recommendations by stating that all pregnant [...]

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: How Long Does It Last?

In the earliest studies, postpartum depression was described an episode of depression associated with childbirth, typically emerging within the first three months after delivery.  As more research has been carried out, we have learned that [...]

Maternal Depression, But Not Exposure to SSRIs, Associated with Worse Executive Functioning in Children  

While we have considerable data on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy, most of this research focuses on the risk of congenital malformations in exposed children.  We have far less information [...]

In Brief: Mothers with Affective Illness (Even In Remission) Have Deficits in Emotional Processing

We have long known that postpartum depression may have negative effects on the child and may contribute to deficits in social development and emotional regulation.  Exactly what mediates these effects is not so clear; however, [...]

In Brief: ACOG Recommends Increased Level of Care During the “Fourth Trimester”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has made a significant change to its recommendations for optimal postpartum care.  Previously, ACOG has recommended that women receive a single, comprehensive postpartum visit within the first [...]

One in Four Pregnant Women Suffers from Psychiatric Illness: How Can We Identify and Support Them?

  The title of the following article did not grab my attention; however, I discovered that this study, entitled Accuracy of the Whooley questions and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in identifying depression and other [...]