Every week we review the most recent publications in women’s mental health, covering topics related to premenstrual symptoms, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, use of medications in pregnant and breastfeeding women, perinatal substance use, and menopausal mental health. 

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PMS AND PMDD

Brain reactivity to emotional stimuli in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder and related personality characteristics.

Gao M, Qiao M, An L, Wang G, Wang J, Song C, Wei F, Yu Y, Gong T, Gao D.Aging (Albany NY). 2021 Aug 4;13(undefined). 

 

INFERTILITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

No articles this week

 

PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS DURING PREGNANCY

Screening for anxiety disorders in third trimester pregnancy: a comparison of four brief measures.

Austin MV, Mule V, Hadzi-Pavlovic D, Reilly N.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2021 Aug 5.


The relationship of cumulative psychosocial adversity with antepartum depression and anxiety.

Barrios YV, Maselko J, Engel SM, Pence BW, Olshan AF, Meltzer-Brody S, Dole N, Thorp JM.  Depress Anxiety. 2021 Aug 9.


Associations between Gestational Diabetes and Anxiety or Depression: A Systematic Review.

OuYang H, Chen B, Abdulrahman AM, Li L, Wu N.  J Diabetes Res. 2021 Jul 27;2021:9959779.


Association of ambient air pollution with depressive and anxiety symptoms in pregnant women: A prospective cohort study.

Lamichhane DK, Jung DY, Shin YJ, Lee KS, Lee SY, Ahn K, Kim KW, Shin YH, Suh DI, Hong SJ, Kim HC.  Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021 Aug 5;237:113823.


Associations between Physiological Biomarkers and Psychosocial Measures of Pregnancy-Specific Anxiety and Depression with Support Intervention.

Weis KL, Yuan TT, Walker KC, Gibbons TF, Chan W.  Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jul 29;18(15):8043. 


Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for Depression during Pregnancy: Results from an Open-Label Pilot Study.

Kurzeck AK, Dechantsreiter E, Wilkening A, Kumpf U, Nenov-Matt T, Padberg F, Palm U.  Brain Sci. 2021 Jul 19;11(7):947. 

 

MEDICATIONS AND PREGNANCY

Trazodone Levels in Maternal Serum, Cord Blood, Breast Milk, and Neonatal Serum.

Saito J, Ishii M, Mito A, Yakuwa N, Kawasaki H, Tachibana Y, Suzuki T, Yamatani A, Sago H, Murashima A.  Breastfeed Med. 2021 Aug 3.

 

POSTPARTUM PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS

Depression, Anxiety, and Mother-Infant Bonding in Women Seeking Treatment for Postpartum Depression Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Layton H, Owais S, Savoy CD, Van Lieshout RJ.  J Clin Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 6;82(4):21m13874.


Mental Health in New Mothers: A Randomised Controlled Study into the Effects of Dietary Flavonoids on Mood and Perceived Quality of Life.

Barfoot KL, Forster R, Lamport DJ.  Nutrients. 2021 Jul 13;13(7):2383. 


Can the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale-3A be used to screen for anxiety?

Smith-Nielsen J, Egmose I, Wendelboe KI, Steinmejer P, Lange T, Vaever MS.BMC Psychol. 2021 Aug 7;9(1):118. Free article.


Prevalences and predictive factors of maternal trauma through 18 months after premature birth: A longitudinal, observational and descriptive study.

Brunson E, Thierry A, Ligier F, Vulliez-Coady L, Novo A, Rolland AC, Eutrope J. PLoS One. 2021 Feb 24;16(2):e0246758. 

 

MEDICATIONS AND BREASTFEEDING

No articles this week

 

PERINATAL SUBSTANCE USE

Association of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Prenatal Maternal Depression with Offspring Low-Grade Inflammation in Early Adolescence.

Maschke J, Roetner J, Bösl S, Plank AC, Rohleder N, Goecke TW, Fasching PA, Beckmann MW, Kratz O, Moll GH, Lenz B, Kornhuber J, Eichler A, Imac-Mind-Consortium.  Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jul 27;18(15):7920.Free article.

 

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH AND CHILD OUTCOMES

Impact of prenatal stress on amygdala anatomy in young adulthood: Timing and location matter.

Mareckova K, Marecek R, Andryskova L, Brazdil M, Nikolova YS.  Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2021 Aug 3:S2451-9022(21)00203-2.

 

MENOPAUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH

No articles this week

 

OTHER TOPICS IN WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH

Does the millennial generation of women experience more mental illness than their mothers?

Najman JM, Bor W, Williams GM, Middeldorp CM, Mamun AA, Clavarino AM, Scott JG.  BMC Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 17;21(1):359. 

 

 

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