Perinatal Psychiatry

Published April 2019

The Psychiatric Services Editor’s Choice provides essential curated collections from recent issues of Psychiatric Services.  Each month, Editor Lisa Dixon and the Early Career Psychiatrist Advisory Committee offer a curated collection from the rich resource of articles published in the journal. Updates will focus on one area, summarizing for the researcher, clinician, and policy analyst the latest information and seminal research with links to specific content from Psychiatric Services.

Providing high-quality psychiatric care during the perinatal period has been a growing area of focus. The perinatal period, defined as the period during pregnancy until one year after delivery, is an especially vulnerable time, when women are navigating complex hormonal, neurochemical, and identity shifts. Specifically, perinatal depression affects up to 20% of mothers, elevating this issue to a public health emergency. Just a few months ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women who are at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions before symptoms become severe. This collection of articles from the past 20 years reflects the evolution of the field, first introducing the complex presentation of perinatal mental illness, then taking a closer look at practice habits, including prescribing trends, and exploring the challenges associated with access to care, including stigma. It concludes by exploring the movement toward collaborative care models. This collection mirrors the development of the field of perinatal psychiatry, which calls for early identification and accessible, practical treatment interventions for at-risk mothers.

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An Emerging Best Practice Model for Perinatal Depression Care
Dorothy K. Y. Sit, M.D., Cheryl Flint, Donald Svidergol, R.N., M.H.P., Joanne White, L.S.W., Michelle Wimer, B.S.W., Bettina Bish, B.S.W., Katherine L. Wisner, M.D.
2009, Volume 60, Issue 11, pp. 1429–1431

Community-Based Postpartum Depression Screening: Results From the CARE Study
June Andrews Horowitz, Ph.D., R.N., Christine A. Murphy, Ph.D., R.N., Katherine E. Gregory, Ph.D., R.N., Joanne Wojcik, M.S., R.N.
2009, Volume 60, Issue 11, pp. 1432–1434

Depression Screening of Perinatal Women: An Evaluation of the Healthy Start Depression Initiative
Kimberly A. Yonkers, M.D., Megan V. Smith, D.Ph., Haliqun Lin, Ph.D., Heather B. Howell, M.S.W., Lin Shao, M.P.H., Robert A. Rosenheck, M.D.
2009, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp. 322–328

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Culturally Relevant, Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Perinatal Depression
Nancy K. Grote, Ph.D., Holly A. Swartz, M.D., Sharon L. Geibel, L.C.S.W., Allan Zuckoff, Ph.D., Patricia R. Houck, M.S.H., Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
2009, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp. 313–321

Use of Antidepressant Medication in the United States During Pregnancy, 2002–2010
Matthew Ryan Meunier, M.D., Ian M. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew S. Coco, M.D., M.S.
2013, Volume 64, Issue 11, pp. 1157–1160

State Mandates Regarding Postpartum Depression
Paul J. Rowan, Ph.D., M.P.H., Stephen A. Duckett, M.P.H., John E. Wang, B.S.
2015, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp. 324–328

PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM): Development and Beta Testing
Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.S., Lori Pbert, Ph.D., Safiyah Hosein, B.A., Holly A. Swartz, M.D., Linda Weinreb, M.D., Jeroan Allison, M.D., M.S., Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H.
2016, Volume 67, Issue 8, pp. 824–826

Public Attitudes and Feelings of Warmth Toward Women and Men Experiencing Depression During the Perinatal Period
Jennifer N. Felder, Ph.D., Sarah Banchefsky, Ph.D., Bernadette Park, Ph.D., Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.
2017, Volume 68, Issue 8, pp. 796–802

Gold Award: Building the Capacity of Frontline Providers to Treat Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms, Boston
2017, Volume 68, Issue 10, pp. e1–e3

A Mobile Application for Monitoring and Management of Depressed Mood in a Vulnerable Pregnant Population
Liisa Hantsoo, Ph.D., Stephanie Criniti, M.S., Annum Khan, B.A., Marian Moseley, M.S.S., M.P.H., Naomi Kincler, M.P.H., Laura J. Faherty, M.D., M.P.H., C. Neill Epperson, M.D., Ian M. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.
2018, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp. 104–107

Use of Text Messaging for Postpartum Depression Screening and Information Provision
Andrea Lawson, Ph.D., Ariel Dalfen, M.D., Kellie E. Murphy, M.D., Natasha Milligan, B.Sc., William Lancee, Ph.D.
2019, Ahead of Print


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