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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Linked to Anxiety and Depression

  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine-related dysfunction in women of reproductive age (1).  It is also the most common cause of infertility due to the absence of ovulation.  Many women are not diagnosed as having PCOS until they experience issues with infertility (2).  PCOS is considered to be a genetic disease […]

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Pregnancy Termination Does Not Affect Women’s Long-term Mental Health or Well-Being

The US Surgeon General made the recommendation in 1989 that a five-year longitudinal cohort study was necessary to provide data about the health effects of an elective termination on women. To rise to this challenge, the Turnaway Study was launched at the University of California, San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. This prospective, […]

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Depression Trajectories Across the Peripartum Period: Many Women Depressed During the First Postpartum Year

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 a sizeable number of  women with PPD actually begin to experience symptoms during pregnancy.  The bottom line is that women […]

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CBT for Depression During Pregnancy: Good for Moms, Good for Babies

Australian researchers have developed a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment intervention for antenatal depression and anxiety.  Beating the Blues Before Birth, to be delivered as individual therapy, was adapted from a 12-session group intervention for postpartum depression previously developed by Milgrom and colleagues (Milgrom et al. 1999, 2005).  Interestingly, this intervention was modified for individual […]

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In Brief: Menopausal Symptoms More Severe in Sedentary Women

According to a recent study article published online in Menopause, having a sedentary lifestyle significantly affects the severity of perimenopausal symptoms.  This study included more than 6000 women aged 40 to 59 years who received care at urban health clinics across 11 Latin American countries. Women who exercised fewer than three times per week reported more severe menopause symptoms than […]

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Anxiety Symptoms and Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

A growing body of research indicates that the menopausal transition is a period of increased vulnerability to depressive illness.  Some women have experienced episodes of major depressive disorder (MDD) earlier in life and experience recurrent illness during the menopausal transition.  Other women, however, experience first lifetime-onset of MDD during this transition.  The identification of  specific […]

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Is It Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety? What’s The Difference?

Meet Christine.  She is a married 30-year-old woman who just had her first baby about 3 weeks ago.  While the pregnancy went smoothly, the experience of labor and delivery was difficult.  After nearly 20 hours of labor, Christine had an emergency caesarean section.  The baby was healthy, but he had difficulty breastfeeding.  Christine was worried […]

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In Brief: Group CBT for Perinatal Anxiety

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is well-established as a treatment for anxiety disorders; however, few studies have examined the efficacy of CBT specifically tailored to address perinatal anxiety. A recent pilot study has explored the use of a group CBT intervention. The group included 10 pregnant or postpartum women who were recruited from a hospital setting and […]

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From Ob Gyn News: Opportunities and Limits in Universal Screening for Perinatal Depression

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice recently published a revised opinion on screening for perinatal depression, recommending that “clinicians screen patients at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms using a standard, validated tool.” The statement adds that “women with current depression or anxiety, a […]

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Women with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Risk for Depression and Anxiety

In a recent cross-sectional study from Denmark, researchers compared the prevalence of stress and depressive symptoms among 301 women with recurrent pregnancy loss (or RPL) and 1813 women attempting to conceive naturally. RPL was defined as three or more pregnancy losses before 12 weeks’ gestation. The Major Depression Index (MDI) was used to assess symptoms […]

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