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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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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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Postpartum Depression: Focus on Managing Comorbid Anxiety Symptoms

  Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of antidepressant medications for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD).  Most of the these studies focused on the impact of these medications on depressive symptoms; however, it is clear that many, or maybe most, women with PPD also have significant anxiety symptoms.  Thus, we can hypothesize that medications […]

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Depression and Hormonal Contraception: Should Depo-Provera Be Used in Postpartum Women?

Because estrogen-containing contraceptives may affect lactation and may increase the risk of thrombosis, progestin-only contraceptives are used in women who are breastfeeding.  Depo-Provera (DMPA), which contains medroxyprogesterone, is frequently used during the immediate postpartum period in women who are breastfeeding and are interested in efficacious, long-term contraception.  (The minipill is another type of progestin-only contraceptive […]

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