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The 50-year Quest for Better Pregnancy Data

The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. Please see our OB/GYN News archives here. Publish date: November 1, 2016 By: Gerald G. Briggs, BPharm, FCCP, Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Lee S. Cohen, MD, & Gideon Koren, MD Editor’s note: As Ob.Gyn. News celebrates its 50th anniversary, we wanted to know how far the medical community has come in identifying and […]

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Interpersonal Therapy Effective for Moderately Severe Depression During Pregnancy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy which is based on the theory that deficiencies or disruptions in interpersonal relationships play an important role in the emergence and persistence of depression.  The primary goals of IPT are to reduce symptom severity, improve interpersonal functioning, increase social support and decrease social isolation.  IPT has been demonstrated […]

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Pregnancy Brain? Or a Symptom of Depression?

During pregnancy, many women complain that they feel more distractible, more forgetful or less sharp than before pregnancy. A few years ago, we reviewed a study which demonstrated that performance on tests of spatial recognition memory (SRM) were adversely affected by pregnancy. Other aspects of executive function were unaffected.   A recent study assessed working […]

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What Are the Long Term Effects of Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure?

At this point in time, we have considerable information regarding the reproductive safety of antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.  Most of this information relates to the incidence of congenital malformations or birth defects in children exposed to these medications.  Other studies have examined the effects of the medications on newborn adaptation […]

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Perinatal Depression Screening: New Recommendations and Challenges

The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. Please see our OB/GYN News archives here. It was almost a year ago that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists came out unequivocally in favor of universal screening for perinatal depression. In the revised policy statement from ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice, the college recommended that physicians […]

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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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Pilot Study: Treatment of Antenatal Depression Associated with Improved Infant Outcomes

About 10% to 15% of women experience clinically significant depressive symptoms during pregnancy. Many studies have shown exposure to maternal depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be associated with various outcomes in the child, including delays in cognitive and motor development,  altered infant temperament and behavioural stress reactivity.  Depression during pregnancy has also been associated […]

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Brief Report: TMS for Depression During Pregnancy

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is similar to ECT but uses electromagnetic pulses to generate electrical current in specific regions of the brain that are known to modulate mood.  TMS is less likely to cause side effects and has thus been proposed as a possible alternative therapy for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.  (You can […]

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SSRI Antidepressants and PPHN: Much Lower Risk Than Previously Reported

In 2006, Chambers and colleagues published an article linking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant use during late pregnancy to an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a cardiovascular syndrome typically occurring in full-term or near-term infants. After birth, the infant’s pulmonary vascular resistance remains high; blood is shunted […]

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Andrew Solomon In the NY Times About Depression During Pregnancy

In 2001, Andrew Solomon published The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.  As somebody who has long suffered from depression, Mr. Solomon brings to this book a nuanced understanding of depression — looking at it from many different angles:  personal, cultural, scientific, and political.  An updated version of his book will be released next week […]

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