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Women's Issues in Psychiatry


PMS and PMDD: Mood Changes During the Menstrual Cycle

Women's Psychiatry - The Carlat Psychiatry Report (TCPR)

Of all the factors that contribute to mood, hormonal variations, such as those found in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) can have a particularly strong effect. I’ve heard some people, for instance, describe PMS as a “powerful spell” that women are put under once every month.

Current APA/ACOG Recommendations for Managing Depression during Pregnancy in Three Scenarios

These new guidelines were issued jointly by our APA and by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to providing a nice summary of the neonatal risks of antidepressant exposure, the paper offers clear, concise, and easy to follow algorithms for the management of depression in three scenarios doctors are likely to encounter.

Antidepressant Treatment in Pregnancy: An Update [Subscribers Only]

The last time TCPR covered the topic of psychotropics in pregnancy was less than two years ago, in February of 2009. Since then, however, some new treatment guidelines have been published, and they appear to be useful to clinicians.

Research Update

New Study Supports Cardiac Safety of SSRIs in Pregnancy

Concerns about the safety of psychiatric medications during pregnancy are common among psychiatrists and patients alike. In many cases, one must weigh the risks of a medication to mother or child against the risks inherent in untreated mental illness. Recent research, however, lends support to the growing data about the safety of antidepressant medications in pregnancy.

How Risky is Pregnancy for Women with a History of Mood Disorders?

We know that the postpartum period is a risky time for women who have a history of depression, especially if they experienced postpartum depression in the past. But several questions about mood and pregnancy are still unanswered.

Expert QA

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mood Disorders

Defining CAM is challenging. One of the things that makes it so hard to have a concrete discussion on CAM is that it means different things to different people.

The Motherisk Program

The Motherisk Program is a teratogen information service that has been around for more than 20 years.