Tag Archives: postpartum

Does Stress Increase Vulnerability to Postpartum Psychosis in High-Risk Women?

Risk for postpartum psychosis is particularly high in women with a history of bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder and in those who have suffered a previous episode of postpartum psychosis. While the risk is very high, many women do not develop postpartum psychosis.  In these women at high risk for postpartum psychosis, which factors increase… Read More »

Essential Reads: Zuranolone for Postpartum Depression

In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved brexanolone, marketed by Sage Therapeutics as Zulresso, as a treatment for postpartum depression (PPD).  As a neurosteroid, brexanolone represents a novel approach to the treatment of postpartum mood disorders.  One of the most exciting things about brexanolone is the rapidity of the response, with the initial… Read More »

High Prevalence of OCD in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

While we have relatively limited information regarding the prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OC) during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Previous studies have indicated that women may be more vulnerable to the onset of OCD during the postpartum period. Other studies indicate that women with OCD  may experience worsening of OCD symptoms during pregnancy and the… Read More »

Essential Reads: How to Screen for Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Postpartum Women?

When obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs during the postpartum period, women may experience typical OCD symptoms related to contamination and cleaning, catastrophic thoughts and checking, or symmetry and ordering.  However, many women with postpartum OCD, as well as those with other postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, have intrusive, ego-dystonic thoughts of harming the infant.  These intrusive… Read More »