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February 26, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Do Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts? Postpartum Expert’s New Book Weighs In On Little-Known Maternal Mental Illness Symptom

February 26, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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“Despite recent attention to postpartum depression and anxiety, women continue to be silenced by the taboo against expressing negative feelings and thoughts about being a mother,” Karen Kleiman told us. Kleiman is a postpartum expert and author of the new book, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Moms. “We have discovered, however, that when women find a safe place/person to disclose their unwanted and often intrusive thoughts, this decreases their anxiety, thus, helping them feel better.” [More]

December 18, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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More Than Half Of Women Surveyed Think Postpartum Depression Is Embarrassing

December 18, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A United States national survey about postpartum depression was recently conducted by non-profit organization, HealthyWomen.org and sponsored by Sage Therapeutics. A total of 1064 women aged 18-49 completed the online survey between September 27 and October 10, 2018. Women were either pregnant or planning to become pregnant were surveyed in order to identify the perception and level of awareness of PPD. [More]

November 27, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Women At Increased Risk For Anxiety Following Cesarean Delivery

November 27, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The search is ongoing into the multiple causes of prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD), the umbrella term for several maternal mental health illnesses that also include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. Now, a new Italian study adds to the ongoing research into the causes of PPD after its results show that new mothers are at an increased risk for anxiety following elective cesarean births. [More]

October 2, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind Discovers Biological Markers That Show Why Children Of Moms With Postpartum Depression Are More Susceptible To Mental Illness

October 2, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Depression and Anxiety (the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America) has found stress and immune biomarkers that link children and their mothers who suffer from postpartum depression. The current study, titled, Maternal depression alters stress and immune biomarkers in mother and child, is part of a 15-year longitudinal study that followed children of depressed mothers from birth to age ten. [More]

August 28, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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More Research Needed On Effects Of SSRIs On Pregnant And Postpartum Women

August 28, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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One of the front line treatments for pregnant and postpartum women suffering from depression and anxiety is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). But due to a lack of research on SSRIs in females, little is known about their effects across the maternal spectrum as well as on infants exposed to the drug through breast milk. [More]