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This week’s roundup features a slight variation on our weekly roundup.  Rather than having to plow through a long list of articles, they are now separated into categories.  We are all inundated with information these days; hopefully this will help to streamline your approach to what is now a burgeoning subspecialty.   Of note, the [...]

The post Weekly Roundup for JUNE 21, 2019: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Previous studies have shown that women with poor physical health are more likely to suffer from depression during the perimenopause and menopause.  A new study demonstrates that in healthy women, there is also a correlation between physical health and mental well-being. This study focused on upper body and lower body strength in a group of [...]

The post Lower Physical Strength in Midlife Women Associated with Higher Risk for Depression and Anxiety appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Previous studies have demonstrated that children born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  In a recent review, Huang and colleagues looked at data from 15 cohort studies and 5 case-control studies which included a total of 50,044 children with ADHD and 2,998,059 controls.  Maternal smoking during pregnancy [...]

The post Smoking During Pregnancy and Risk for ADHD in Children appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Several articles on the list look at the impact of maternal depression on children’s development.  While previous studies have focused on the impact of postpartum depression, O’Leary and colleagues focus on the impact of depression occurring during pregnancy (antenatal depression).  Even after controlling for depressive symptoms after delivery, depression during pregnancy was associated with worse [...]

The post Weekly Roundup for MAY 31, 2019: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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    Many women who come to our clinic with questions regarding the use of medications during pregnancy suffer from some type of anxiety disorder.  Most of those women benefit from treatment with an SSRI or SNRI antidepressant; however, there are a significant number of women who either do not experience complete symptom resolution with [...]

The post Benzodiazepine During Early Pregnancy and Risk of Miscarriage appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Many women who come to our clinic with questions regarding the use of medications during pregnancy suffer from some type of anxiety disorder.  Most of those women benefit from treatment with an SSRI or SNRI antidepressant; however, there are a significant number of women who either do not experience complete symptom resolution with or cannot [...]

The post Benzodiazepine During Early Pregnancy and Risk of Miscarriage appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Clinically we see that many women with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder experience worsening of their symptoms prior to the onset of menses. We have less data on the impact of menstrual cycle on psychotic disorders.   In a recent study, researchers analyzed a total of 19 published studies  examining the impact of the [...]

The post Premenstrual Worsening of Symptoms in Women with Psychotic Disorders appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Over the last decade, public awareness of the mental health challenges women face has grown tremendously, and we can say with certainty that we have succeeded in putting this important topic firmly on the medical map.  Still, the field of women’s mental health faces important challenges. How can we best serve women and the clinicians [...]

The post Increased Identification of Women with Perinatal Depression, But Still Room for Improvement appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new progestin-only oral contraceptive called Slynd.  This preparation contains the novel progestin drospirenone which is one component of the oral contraceptives (OCs) YaZ and Yasmin.  (These contraceptives also contain the estrogen ethinyl estradiol.) Contraceptives containing only progesterone have raised concerns with regard to their impact on mood. [...]

The post New Progestin-Only Contraceptive Approved by the FDA appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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Despite decreasing rates of alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, the use of cannabis use during pregnancy is on the rise.  According to data collected from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the use of cannabis in pregnant women aged 18 to 44 years rose from 2.37% in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014 [...]

The post In Brief: Increased Use of Cannabis During Pregnancy, But Little Data on Reproductive Safety appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

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