Tag Archives: depression

Essential Reads: Neurosteroids, Allopregnanolone and Vulnerability to Depression in Women

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from a depressive disorder.  In addition, they are vulnerable to mood disorders associated with reproductive functioning, specifically premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal depression, and perimenopausal depression. There is strong evidence to indicate that biological factors (genetic vulnerability, hormonal changes) and psychosocial factors (life stress) interact with one… 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 »

Pregnancy and coronavirus: Postpartum depression symptoms and tips

Understandably, many people are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, stress and sadness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For expectant mothers and women who recently had a baby, postpartum depression is a real concern, and certain pressurized moments can ignite or magnify common symptoms of depression. In times like these, it is imperative for moms and… Read More »

High rates of depression, anxiety, PTSD worldwide among health workers during COVID-19

A new systematic review of 65 studies from around the world involves a total of 97,333 health care workers and finds that 1 in 5 have experienced depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yufei Li, Nathaniel Scherer, and colleagues at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, U.K., present these findings… Read More »