Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum: Principles and Treatment / Edition 1

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A panel of top experts in perinatal psychiatry reviews the many recent studies on the use of psychiatric medications in pregnancy and postpartum and assesses their impact on the diagnosis and treatment of pregnant/postpartum women. The authors focus on each of the major psychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental illness, as well as on the potential impact of these illnesses on infants and children. Interpreting conflicting and inconclusive clinical findings, they spell out the lesser-known risks of prenatal medication exposure and illuminate a variety of issues that must be taken into account in choosing such treatments as medications, psychotherapy, parental education, and social skills training.

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Reviewer: Marie A Dewitt, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an extremely practical, straightforward book that addresses psychiatric illness in pregnant woman and postpartum mothers with a focus on treatment options.
Purpose: The book succeeds in reviewing the psychiatric care, inclusive of treatment as well as often overlooked related considerations, of the pregnant and postpartum patient with a history of or current psychiatric disorder. It will readily serve as an influential resource in assisting healthcare providers in their interactions with pregnant and postpartum women with mental illness.
Audience: It is intended for primary care physicians, including obstetricians/gynecologists, family physicians, internists, and pediatricians. Although it is written to be practical to these targeted practicing physicians, it could be useful to those in psychiatric training.
Features: Chapters are arranged by illness group, and include chapters on the often disregarded topics of substance abuse and eating disorders in pregnancy. These are augmented by a general introductory chapter and a final chapter that discusses the potential impact on children and infants. Each chapter begins with a paragraph summary and key words. Some chapters include case presentations and discussions. References are listed at the conclusion of each chapter. A thorough index is provided. The addition of a chapter covering psychopharmacology in this patient population would be of great help to the primary care physicians targeted by this book.
Assessment: This will be a useful addition to any primary care physician's shelf. The variations and special considerations in the presentation, complications, and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in pregnant or postpartum woman with mental illness are thoroughly yet concisely discussed. The book addresses less discussed, although equally important, topics such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders in pregnant and postpartum women. This inclusive book is an indispensable resource for primary care physicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617375972
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Practice Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

General Considerations in Treating Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy and Following Delivery

Victoria Hendrick

Prevalence, Clinical Course, and Management of Depression During Pregnancy

Sanjog Kalra and Adrienne Einarson

Postpartum Depression: A Common Complication of Childbirth

C. Neill Epperson and Jennifer Ballew

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Karin Larsen, and Katherine M. Moore

Bipolar Disorder: Special Issues in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Lori L. Altshuler and Carol Kiriakos

Schizophrenia During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Mary V. Seeman

Pregnancy and Substance Abuse

Karen A. Miotto, Elizabeth Suti, Monique M. Hernandez, and Phivan L. Pham

Eating Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum: Empirically Informed Treatment Guideline

Debra L. Franko

Children of Parents With Mental Illness: Outcomes and Interventions

Mary F. Brunette and Teresa Jacobsen


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