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Weekly Roundup for December 1, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Postpartum Depression Screening Tools: A Review. Psychosomatics 2017.
No tool could be deemed best at accurately detecting PPD on the basis of sensitivity and specificity. Additionally, there was no recommended time period in which screening should be done.


It Is Time for Routine Screening for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Obstetrics and Gynecology Settings.

Accortt EE, Wong MS.  Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2017 Sep;72(9):553-568.


A systematic review of screening instruments for depression for use in antenatal services in low resource settings.

Chorwe-Sungani G, Chipps J.

BMC Psychiatry. 2017 Mar 24;17(1):112.  Free Article


Attendance at Mental Health Appointments by Women Who Were Referred During Pregnancy or the Postpartum Period.

Albaugh AS, Friedman SH, Yang SN, Rosenthal M.  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Nov 23.

About half of the 647 given mental health referrals during the perinatal period actually made intake appointments.


Placentophagy’s effects on mood, bonding, and fatigue: A pilot trial, part 2.

Young SM, Gryder LK, Cross C, Zava D, Kimball DW, Benyshek DC.  Women Birth. 2017 Nov 23.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study,participants consumed either their processed, encapsulated placenta (n=12), or similarly prepared placebo (n=15). No robust differences in postpartum maternal mood, bonding, or fatigue were detected between the placenta-eating and placebo groups.


Infant frontal EEG asymmetry in relation with postnatal maternal depression and parenting behavior.

Wen DJ, Soe NN, Sim LW, Sanmugam S, Kwek K, Chong YS, Gluckman PD, Meaney MJ, Rifkin-Graboi A, Qiu A.  Transl Psychiatry. 2017 Mar 14;7(3):e1057.  Free Article

In infants spending at least 50% of their daytime hours with their mother, both lower maternal sensitivity and higher maternal depression predicted greater relative right frontal EEG asymmetry. Greater right frontal EEG asymmetry observed in 6-month-old infants predicted greater negative emotionality at 12 months of age.


Perceptions and experiences of interventions to prevent postnatal depression. A systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis.

Scope A, Booth A, Morrell CJ, Sutcliffe P, Cantrell A.  J Affect Disord. 2017 Mar 1;210:100-110

Twenty-two studies were included. Support and empowerment through education were identified as particularly helpful to women as intervention components, across all intervention types.


Maternal depressive symptoms and early childhood cognitive development: a meta-analysis.

Liu Y, Kaaya S, Chai J, McCoy DC, Surkan PJ, Black MM, Sutter-Dallay AL, Verdoux H, Smith-Fawzi MC.  Psychol Med. 2017 Mar;47(4):680-689.

Maternal depressive symptoms are related to lower cognitive scores in early infancy, after adjusting for confounding factors.


The association between maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and offspring sleep problems in adolescence.

Taylor AK, Netsi E, O’Mahen H, Stein A, Evans J, Pearson RM.  Psychol Med. 2017 Feb;47(3):451-459. Free Article

Postpartum depression is associated with adolescent offspring sleep problems.


Association of Hormonal Contraception With Suicide Attempts and Suicides.

Skovlund CW, Mørch LS, Kessing LV, Lange T, Lidegaard Ø.  Am J Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 17.


Corrected QT Interval and Methadone Dose and Concentrations in Pregnant and Postpartum Women.

Bogen DL, Hanusa BH, Perel JM, Sherman F, Mendelson MA, Wisner KL.  J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Sep/Oct;78(8):e1013-e1019.

During the third trimester, higher methadone dose and R-methadone concentration correlated with longer QTc.


The impact of education, country, race and ethnicity on the self-report of postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

Di Florio A, Putnam K, Altemus M, Apter G, Bergink V, Bilszta J, Brock R, Buist A, Deligiannidis KM, Devouche E, Epperson CN, Guille C, Kim D, Lichtenstein P, Magnusson PK, Martinez P, Munk-Olsen T, Newport J, Payne J, Penninx BW, O’Hara M, Robertson-Blackmore E, Roza SJ, Sharkey KM, Stuart S, Tiemeier H, Viktorin A, Schmidt PJ, Sullivan PF, Stowe ZN, Wisner KL, Jones I, Rubinow DR, Meltzer-Brody S.  Psychol Med. 2017 Apr;47(5):787-799. d   Free Article

Education, but not ethnicity/race, influenced the reporting of postpartum depression.

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