To anyone who is doing research on perinatal depression — I just came across an extremely comprehensive article reviewing current literature on the treatment of prenatal and postpartum mood disorders: Perinatal Depression: treatment options and dilemmas, written by Dr. Teri Pearstein, offering us yet another great piece of work from the Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island as well as the department of psychiatry and human behavior, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It’s loaded with information and references.
Here’s her conclusion:
The screening and identification of pregnant and postpartum women with psychiatric disorders needs much improvement. When mental health disorders have been identified, there are many barriers to accessible, acceptable and effective treatment. Women with depression who are pregnant or postpartum and breastfeeding face difficult treatment decisions. Untreated stress, anxiety and depression, as well as psychotropic medications, all involve exposure to the fetus and child. Each month, new studies of the effects of untreated disease and medications on the fetus and breastfeeding infant are published. The clinician can remain informed by monitoring these studies and reviews, as well as by monitoring websites that update information frequently for both the clinician and the patient, such asand .
Reference: J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2008 July; 33(4): 302-318