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Dietary Supplements to Prevent Postpartum Depression? Proceed with Caution

Over the last few days, there has been a lot of buzz regarding the use of a nutritional supplement to reduce risk of postpartum depression.  Quoting one of these articles:  “‘Women who take the supplement don’t get sad [in the early days of motherhood],’ said Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, co-author of a study testing this blues-banishing […]

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Weekly Roundup for MARCH 17, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

  The most interesting article this week is from Dowlati and colleagues assessing the effectiveness of a nutritional supplement to decrease risk for postpartum blues.  While intriguing, it is not clear how effective this intervention will prove to be.   We will have a post on this paper next week.     Dowlati Y, Ravindran AV, […]

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Synthetic Oxytocin and Its Effect on Postpartum Mood and Anxiety

Often referred to as the “hormone of love,” oxytocin plays an important role in childbirth, maternal behavior, lactation, social affiliation, and sexual pleasure.  Levels of oxytocin, a neuropeptide produced by the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream via the pituitary gland, rise around the time of delivery.   These levels remain high after delivery, specifically increasing […]

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Effectiveness of Psychological Interventions for Postpartum Depression in Primary Care

  Postpartum depression (PPD) has been identified as the “most under-recognized, under-diagnosed, and under-treated obstetrical complication in America”, affecting approximately 10-15% of new mothers. In addition to affecting maternal mental health during a critical time in a woman’s life, there are are a number of downstream effects associated with undiagnosed or untreated PPD such as […]

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Postpartum Progress: An Update and Other Resources

We were saddened to hear that Postpartum Progress, Inc. is in the process of shutting down.  Since its inception in 2004, Postpartum Progress has been an important resource for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  This organization — and all of the women behind it — have made such vital contributions in terms of […]

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Is Postpartum Depression on the Decline?

  Most studies over the last few decades have estimated the prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) in the United States to be between 10% and 15%.  According to longitudinal data derived from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), the prevalence in the US could be decreasing. Postpartum depression is common and associated with adverse […]

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Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale: A New Instrument for Assessing Postpartum Anxiety

  Several studies suggest that postpartum anxiety is relatively common among postpartum women and may even be more common than depression.  Emerging evidence also suggests that a large number of postpartum women who do not meet diagnostic criteria for a specific anxiety disorder yet experience a clinically significant anxiety symptoms which are distinct from anxiety […]

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Is BDNF a Biomarker for Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a growth factor which acts on neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, promoting the survival of neurons and promoting the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses.  In the brain, it is most active in the hippocampus, cortex, and basal forebrain—areas important  to learning, memory, and […]

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Postpartum Depression in Women with No History of Psychiatric Illness

Most studies observe that about 15% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD).  For the majority of women who present with postpartum depression, the postpartum episode is not the first ever episode of depression and instead represents a recurrence.  These women report a pattern of recurrent depressive illness consisting of both puerperal and nonpuerperal episodes.   […]

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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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