Tag Archives: depression

Essential Reads: Bright Light Therapy for the Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy, Mixed Findings

Despite data to support the reproductive safety of many antidepressants during pregnancy, many women would prefer to avoid medications, if possible.  In this setting, many women pursue psychotherapy, others use acupuncture or yoga or exercise. Although non-pharmacologic treatments are perceived as being safer than medications, this is only true if the treatment is effective.  Exposure… Read More »

Depression During Pregnancy Affect Infant’s Brain Anatomy, But No Change with Prenatal Exposure to SSRIs

When a woman comes in for a consultation regarding the use of medications during pregnancy, we spend most of our time reviewing the potential risks of exposure to medications during pregnancy.  However, we must also include a discussion of the effects of untreated psychiatric illness in the mother on the developing child, for there is… Read More »

Essential Reads: Strategies for Prevention of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a relatively common problem, affecting between 10% and 15% of women after delivery. Although it is difficult to reliably predict which women in the general population will experience postpartum depression, it is possible to identify certain subgroups of women who are at increased risk for postpartum affective illness. For example, women… Read More »

Does reduced calorie dieting cause depression

The act of eating promotes a feeling of comfort. Sumithran P, Proietto J. In the light of multiple factors involved in the pathophysiology process of depression, such controversial issue is warranted to be elucidated, which may help to overcome the resistance to these therapeutic agents and develop new treatments. Depressive symptoms significantly decreased pre- to… Read More »