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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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Improving Access to Mental Health Services: Could Lay Counselors Be Used to Treat Perinatal Depression?

About 15% of women suffer from perinatal depression — depression which emerges during pregnancy or the postpartum period; however, most women with perinatal depression do not receive any  type of treatment.  While we have made huge strides in increasing awareness of postpartum mental health issues, there are still significant obstacles to obtaining treatment.  Especially in […]

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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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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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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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