New Treatment Guidelines for Depression and Pregnancy

From the Wall Street Journal: “For Moms, Therapy beats Drugs” urging women with mild depression during pregnancy to consider psychotherapy as a first line treatment intervention. This is part of new guidelines put forth by the American Psychiatric Association and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For moderate to severe depressions, it is recommended women remain on their antidepressants.

“Women with moderate to severe depressive symptoms, including suicidal thoughts, or who have experienced repeated episodes of depression should remain on their medications during pregnancy, the recommendations say. Any pregnant woman already taking an antidepressant should talk with her doctor before deciding to continue or to taper off.”

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