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Worse Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with More Chronic Depressive Symptoms

Over the last decade we have seen multiple studies which have demonstrated an association between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and increased risk of certain adverse outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight. But we have also seen quite a few studies which suggest that untreated maternal depression or anxiety may contribute to […]

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Brexanolone: Related to Allopregnanolone, Effective for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression

In 2015, we first reported on SAGE-547 (SAGE Therapeutics), a new medication for the treatment of severe postpartum depression.  SAGE-547, now called brexanolone, is an allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors.  This drug was initially under investigation for the treatment of refractory seizure disorders but it turned out to be a good antidepressant.  The information we […]

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How Does Postpartum Anxiety Affect Infants and Young Children?

Many studies have documented the finding that exposure to maternal psychiatric illness early on in the child’s life may adversely affect the child’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. These early studies focused on the impact of postpartum depression.  (The effects of PPD on the child are reviewed in Goodman et al, 2011.)  However, we know […]

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Weekly Roundup for JANUARY 20, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Happy New Year!  We are not even three weeks into January, and it promises to be a busy year.  At the top of the list is the study from Cantarutti and colleagues which observed that depression in itself, rather than antidepressant medication, might increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. There are also […]

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New Studies: How Maternal Depression Affects the Developing Brain

When a woman comes in for a consultation regarding the use of medications during pregnancy, we spend most of our time reviewing the potential risks of exposure to medications during pregnancy.  However, we must also include a discussion of the effects of untreated psychiatric illness in the mother on the developing child, for there is […]

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Weekly Roundup for DECEMBER 2, 2016: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Next week we will be reviewing two important articles which look at the effects of maternal depression on the developing brain of the child: one from Posner and colleagues and another from Lebel and colleagues.   This week, there were also a few interesting articles on the association between poor sleep quality and depression during […]

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Postpartum Depression and Its Effects on Children’s IQ

The research of Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper in the 1990s was pivotal in terms of demonstrating the negative effects of postpartum depression on the cognitive development of young children and played an important role in drawing attention to the often overlooked but prevalent problem of postpartum depression.  While some studies have documented that, in […]

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Climb Out of the Darkness and Support Moms and Their Families

Katherine Stone, the founder of Postpartum Progress, has long been an advocate for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  In addition to her website which provides information and support, she has helped to create and sponsor events which raise public awareness of postpartum depression and related disorders.  The largest event for women with perinatal […]

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Urge Your Reps to Sponsor Legislation Supporting the Treatment of Maternal Depression

There is some legislation being considered in the House and Senate that all of you — health care providers, advocates, women and their families and friends — should know about: H.R. 3235: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 S. 2311: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 House of […]

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