What Can Our Pregnant Patients Do to Prevent Mental Illness in Their Children?
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 17, Number 3, March 2019
Robert Freedman, MD
Professor and Former Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado-Denver. Editor Emeritus, American Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Freedman has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
During pregnancy, untreated depression significantly increases the risk that the infant will fail to develop adequate levels of cerebral inhibition. That’s a measure of the infant’s ability to filter out irrelevant stimuli, and it’s the first sign that development is not on an optimal track.