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  • Managing the Winter Blues

    Find out if you have seasonal affective disorder and what you can do to feel better

    …Not many people like turning back their clocks and losing an hour of daylight every fall. But for some, the shorter days of fall and winter can trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that lasts until spring. An estimated 5 percent of Americans experience SAD. Experts say…

  • New Program Screens NICU Moms for Postpartum Depression

    Mothers with NICU babies may be more likely to have PPD – and less likely to get help

    …Having a baby who needs to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be an incredibly difficult experience for mothers. They may feel guilty that their baby was premature, and they are often, understandably, anxious about their baby's health. Ann Anderson Berry, MD, medical director of the NICU…

  • New Drug Could Revolutionize Postpartum Depression Treatment

    Novel medication could provide faster – and better – relief than antidepressants

    …A new drug being studied could one day be an important treatment option for women suffering postpartum depression (PPD), a condition that affects about 15 percent of women after giving birth. The drug SAGE-547, developed by Sage Therapeutics, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was found to provide rapid and potent relief…

  • New Potential Treatment Options for Women With PMADs

    Lifestyle changes and magnetic therapy are among the promising alternatives and complements to antidepressants

    …For women with postpartum depression and anxiety, antidepressant medication combined with psychotherapy is often the first treatment doctors recommend because these are very effective. But because this regimen is not always an option for women, clinicians are pursuing new treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Estrogen therapy and transcranial…

  • Do Laws on Postpartum Depression Screening Help Women?

    A look at the impact of state legislation on maternal mental health

    …In the past decade, 10 states have created laws to promote screening for depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. These laws are intended to increase awareness among doctors, women, and their families. Often, the legislation has been spurred by women who reached out to politicians after experiencing postpartum depression…

  • Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression

    New research on whether breastfeeding increases or lowers risk of postpartum depression

    …Shiri, a 34-year-old first time mom in Westchester, NY, had always planned to breastfeed. Not only because it was the healthiest choice for her baby, but also because she liked that she would lose those extra pounds faster and save money on formula. But Shiri's plan fell through soon after…

  • Antidepressants and the Risk of Birth Defects

    New research suggests use during pregnancy does not increase risk

    …A decade ago, studies started reporting that rare heart birth defects were associated with antidepressant use during pregnancy, causing concern among women taking these medications and their doctors. But a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that, although there was a small increase in…

  • Miscarriage and Postpartum Depression

    New research questions whether pregnancy loss increases risk

    …Many women experience intense grief following a miscarriage, and some research has found that a previous pregnancy loss can put women at greater risk for postpartum depression. But a new study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal found that women who experienced miscarriages were not more vulnerable to…

  • Fertility Treatment and the Risk of Depression or Anxiety

    New research suggests fertility treatment does not affect mental health during and after pregnancy

    …According to a recent study in the journal Reproductive Health, women who underwent fertility treatments were not at higher risk of experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy or in the postpartum period than women who conceived naturally. Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada surveyed women who had visited prenatal…

  • New Moms and Chronic Depression

    New research into the role of oxytocin levels

    …Oxytocin is a hormone that is critical to motherhood. During labor, the release of large amounts of oxytocin stimulates and strengthens contractions. It also helps us trust and feel close to others, and helps women bond with and care for their babies (which may be why it's called the 'love…

  • Pregnancy Loss and Postpartum Mood Disorders

    New research suggests a possible connection

    …Pregnancy loss is a traumatic and life-changing event. And a recent study in the Journal of Women's Health suggests that the experience can affect a woman's mental health even after having a subsequent successful pregnancy, increasing her risk of postpartum anxiety and depression. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System…

  • Urban Women and Postpartum Depression

    Research suggests living in a city may raise your risk

    …Many things can increase a woman's risk of developing postpartum depression (PPD), including stress, lack of social support, and poor health. But new research suggests these important factors don't affect all communities equally. According to a Canadian study published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women living in big…

  • The Truth About Postpartum Psychosis

    There is more than the media reports

    …At first Jennifer Moyer settled easily into motherhood. She recovered from a difficult delivery and the baby blues and was enjoying her role as a mom so much that she decided not to return to work. And then, one night when her son was 8 weeks old, Moyer was seized…

  • A Blood Test to Predict Postpartum Depression?

    Genetic markers could help doctors identify women at high risk

    …About one in seven women experience postpartum depression (PPD), making it one of the most common pregnancy complications. Yet few women are screened for this debilitating and treatable condition, and researchers in England are hoping a blood test changes that. Identifying women at high risk for the condition during pregnancy…

  • Anxiety and OCD Common After Pregnancy

    New research suggests these conditions may be more prevalent than PPD

    …New moms experience anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) more frequently than expected, according to two new studies. In fact, feelings of anxiety after pregnancy may even be more common than postpartum depression. Researchers conducted surveys of 461 women who had given birth at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and found…

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