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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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MCPAP for Moms: Exploring New Strategies for Providing Care to Women with Perinatal Depression

We are clearly making big strides in terms of increasing public awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to providing access to mental health professionals with expertise in this area.  We have demonstrated that screening for perinatal depression can be carried out successfully […]

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Study Links Conflict with Partner to Increased Vulnerability to Perinatal Depression

The Maternity Experiences Survey (MES) is a national survey of Canadian women’s experiences, perceptions, knowledge and practices before conception and during pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenthood. This is a project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, with the goal of achieving a better understanding of the […]

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Sleep Problems Common During Pregnancy, Associated with Depression

While we tend to think of sleep deprivation as a postpartum issue, a recent study from Finland indicates that sleep problems are relatively common during pregnancy, for both mothers and fathers. This study included 1667 mothers and 1498 fathers.  The researchers evaluated the core symptoms of insomnia (sleep onset problems, nocturnal awakenings, too-early awakenings, and […]

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New Legislation to Support Maternal Mental Health

Some good news for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders… Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act  to provide federal grants to develop and maintain programs for screening and treatment of postpartum depression. This bill, introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) and Congressman Ryan Costello […]

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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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Weekly Roundup for NOV 4 2016: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

The first article on the list is one that relies on the Swedish medical registers to look neonatal outcomes in infants prenatally exposed to antidepressants.  While the study does not generate new things to worry about, it is one of the largest studies in this area and gives us more information on the prevalence of […]

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