Tag Archives: Brief

In Brief: CBT Effective for Menopausal Symptoms, Including Depression

Up to 80% of women experience symptoms as they transition into the menopause, including vasomotor symptoms, sleep disturbance, and depressive symptoms.  While hormone replacement therapy and certain medications may be helpful, these interventions may have side effects.   In a recent study, 71 peri- or postmenopausal women who were seeking treatment for menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor… Read More »

In Brief: Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Alcohol Use Disorder in Women and Their Partners

Because even small amounts of fetal exposure to alcohol have been associated with a constellation of adverse effects, women who are pregnant are counselled to avoid all consumption of alcohol.  Women who are pregnant or planning to conceive are highly motivated and often make fairly significant changes in their health behaviors; however, we have seen… Read More »

In Brief: Improving Care for New Mothers with Severe Psychiatric Illness

NPR just aired a short story about a young woman who experienced postpartum psychosis after the birth of her first child.  It was a short article but it brought up several important themes. The article highlights the importance of recognizing postpartum psychosis. While we have worked hard to increase awareness of postpartum depression, the article… Read More »

In Brief: DHEA and Sexual Functioning in Premenopausal Women

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)  is a steroid hormone produced by humans.  It functions as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the androgen and estrogen sex steroids.   In a recent study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), researchers reported that DHEA treatment was associated with improvements in sexual function in… Read More »

In Brief: Mothers with Affective Illness (Even In Remission) Have Deficits in Emotional Processing

We have long known that postpartum depression may have negative effects on the child and may contribute to deficits in social development and emotional regulation.  Exactly what mediates these effects is not so clear; however, researchers have observed that depressed mothers tend to be less responsive to their children’s emotional cues and are more likely… Read More »