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Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from a depressive disorder.  In addition, they are vulnerable to mood disorders associated with reproductive functioning, specifically premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal depression, and perimenopausal depression. There is strong evidence to indicate that biological factors (genetic vulnerability, hormonal changes) and psychosocial factors (life stress) interact with one… Read More »

Essential Reads: Measuring the Impact of Antenatal Depression on the Fetal Brain Using Neuroimaging

Previous studies have observed that the children of depressed mothers are more likely to have delays in cognitive development, worse school performance, higher rates of behavioral problems, and deficits in social-emotional regulation.  Children of depressed mothers are also more likely to experience adolescent depression.   Most studies have understood these vulnerabilities to neurodevelopmental problems and psychiatric… Read More »

Essential Reads: Atypical Antipsychotics and Breastfeeding

Despite the increasing use of the newer “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotic agents to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, we have relatively little data on the use of these newer atypical agents in breastfeeding women.   All medications taken by the mother are excreted into… Read More »

Essential Reads: Can Group Prenatal Care Support Maternal Mental Health?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way antenatal care is being delivered in the United States, such as having fewer visits and replacing some in-clinic visits with virtual visits over telemedicine platforms. There has been some discussion of continuing some of these changes in care for low-risk pregnancies even after the pandemic ends – the… Read More »