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March, 2015

Schizophrenia and Pregnancy

Schizophrenia and Pregnancy Though a significant proportion of postpartum psychosis has been linked to underlying diagnosis of bipolar spectrum illness, women with non-affective psychotic illness (i.e. schizophrenia) represent an important proportion of women who experience an exacerbation of symptoms in the perinatal period. There is a relative paucity of literature on the course of psychosis […]

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postpartum psychosis symptoms

postpartum psychosis symptoms Episodes of mental illness during pregnancy generally present as predominantly depressive/dysphoric, regardless of mood disorder type (i.e., Unipolar Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders). Still, in the mainstream media and in the literature, increasing attention is being paid to postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is most appropriately considered a phenomenologic descriptor of the […]

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Pregnancy Risks of Bipolar Disorder

Pregnancy Risks of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder in women during pregnancy, whether treated or not, was associated with increased risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Studies show that pregnant women with bipolar disorder were more likely to have low birth weight infants and preterm births than pregnant women with no history of mental illness. Women with […]

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bipolar disorder in women relationships

bipolar disorder in women relationships Though most studies do not associate an increase in antenatal manic episodes relative to nonpregnant counterparts, childbirth has long been established as the precipitant in over one out of four manic episodes.A recent observational study showed that in women having first episodes of mania/ psychosis postdelivery, the rate of subsequent […]

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Risks of Untreated Depression

Risks of Untreated Depression Depression has been recognized as a disease that affects obstetrical and neonatal outcomes.Maternal depression has been shown to correlate with premature delivery  and preeclampsia .Other studies show that significant depressive and anxiety-related symptoms in pregnancy are associated with increased risk of preterm delivery and small-for-gestational-age births, low birth weight, intrauterine growth […]

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postpartum depression symptoms handout

postpartum depression symptoms handout It appears that the postpartum period, with its disrupted sleep wake cycle, fatigue, role changes, dynamic triggers, and hormonal shifts, puts women at more of a pronounced risk for mood episodes than at any other time in their reproductive lives. Other factors that confer heightened risk for depression during pregnancy/ postpartum […]

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antepartum depression scoring instrument

antepartum depression scoring instrument Mood and anxiety disorders profoundly affect the somatic and emotional experience of the expectant mother during pregnancy. A prospective study of nearly 1,500 patients showed significant associations between depression and/or anxiety and increased nausea and vomiting, prolonged sick leave during pregnancy, and increased number of visits to the obstetrician, specifically, visits […]

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perinatal depression of baby

perinatal depression of baby  Though some emotionality is a frequent and normal part of pregnancy and parturition, major mood episodes affect a significant proportion of women during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In fact, depression is the second greatest cause of morbidity for women of childbearing years, second only to HIV-AIDS in cause of disability . […]

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the baby blues depression

the baby blues depression The major hormonal, interpersonal, and diurnal shifts that accompany delivery can affect a new mother’s mood precipitously and manifest as “baby blues,” a syndrome of affective reactivity, irritability, fatigue, and general malaise generally beginning around day three after parturition. Baby blues are generally normal reactions to the hormonal changes and stress after delivery, and […]

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the point prevalence of inpatient

The first phase of the study sought to assess the point prevalence of inpatient mothers at Rockland Psychiatric Center. At the time, there were over 400 inpatient beds at the facility, with approximately 35 % of the census comprised of women. I considered seeking the prevalence of mothers by direct inquiry of staff and informally […]

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