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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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SAGE-547: A Novel Treatment for Severe Postpartum Depression?

SAGE-547 (SAGE Therapeutics) is a new drug, an allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors, which is currently under investigation for the treatment of refractory seizure disorders.  It turns out that SAGE-547 may also be useful for the treatment of severe postpartum depression (PPD). In a press release last month, SAGE Therapeutics announced data from an exploratory […]

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Depression in Fathers Affects Bonding

Multiple studies have shown that postpartum depression can interfere with bonding between the mother and her infant. While new fathers may also develop depression, little is known about how depression in the father affects bonding. A recent study from Sweden has taken a look at the association between maternal and paternal depressive symptoms and parental […]

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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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