Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health


Development of multivariable models to predict perinatal depression before and after delivery using patient reported survey responses at weeks 4-10 of pregnancy.

Reps JM, Wilcox M, McGee BA, Leonte M, LaCross L, Wildenhaus K. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 May 26;22(1):442.

Using a survey of 21 questions administered between weeks 4 and 10, models were generated which could predict depression during each trimester and the postparutm period.

Internet-delivered psychological interventions for reducing depressive, anxiety symptoms and fear of childbirth in pregnant women: A meta-analysis and meta-regression.

Neo HS, Tan JH, Ang WHD, Lau Y. J Psychosom Res. 2022 Jun;157:110790.

Internet-delivered psychological intervention may complement usual antenatal care in the improvement of depressive and anxiety symptoms.

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Parental Depression, Antidepressant Usage, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Stress and Anxiety as Risk Factors for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children.

Robinson LR, Bitsko RH, O’Masta B, Holbrook JR, Ko J, Barry CM, Maher B, Cerles A, Saadeh K, MacMillan L, Mahmooth Z, Bloomfield J, Rush M, Kaminski JW. Prev Sci. 2022 May 31.

Maternal stress and anxiety, maternal prenatal stress, maternal depression, maternal postpartum depression, and paternal depression were positively associated with ADHD. In addition, parental depression was associated with symptoms of ADHD inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive subtypes.

Obsessive-compulsive and related disorder symptoms in the perinatal period: prevalence and associations with postpartum functioning.

Miller ML, Roche AI, Lemon E, O’Hara MW. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2022 May 26.

In pregnancy, 14.9% of participants endorsed clinically significant BDD symptoms and 6.2% endorsed clinically significant OCD symptoms. In the postpartum period, 11.8% endorsed clinically significant BDD symptoms and 14% endorsed clinically significant OCD symptoms. Poorer postpartum functioning was associated with elevated OCD and related symptoms during pregnancy and the postpartum.

Antidepressant and mental health care utilization in pregnant women with depression and/or anxiety: An interrupted time-series analysis.

Trinh NTH, Nordeng HME, Bandoli G, Eberhard-Gran M, Lupattelli A. J Affect Disord. 2022 Jul 1; 308:458-465.

Pregnancy was associated with reduced mental health care utilization regardless of whether antidepressant treatment was maintained during pregnancy or not. Increases in mental health care utilization were observed in the postpartum year, especially in women who interrupted treatment.


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