Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders

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Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders

SKU# 9780826101167

Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Health Care Practitioner


  • Susan Dowd Stone MSW, LCSW
  • Alexis E. Menken PhD

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As a psychotherapist and educator of future mental health practitioners, I believe this work fills an important gap in reference books for professionals who care for childbearing women. Since the volume provides invaluable neurobiological research on depression and anxiety, I recommend this work to all health and mental health professionals."--Illness, Crisis and Loss

Over the past three years, pregnancy related mood disorders have become the focus of health care advocates and legislators alike with subsequent reflection in nationwide media. Statistics on the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders suggest that up to 20% of women experience diagnosable pregnancy related mood disorders. The growing recognition of these common disorders, coupled with an increasing knowledge base about the dire consequences of untreated maternal depression, has propelled this issue to the fore of national public health priorities.

This increasing awareness has also resulted in recent legislative and healthcare initiatives to screen, assess, and treat such disorders. On April 13, 2006, Governor Jon S. Corzine (D -NJ) signed a law requiring all new mothers to be educated and screened for postpartum depression. This law is the first of its kind in the country, but many states and federal advocates are proposing similar laws. The motivation for states and the federal government to adopt education and screening program is high and may soon be a federal mandate. But a major barrier to successful implementation of such programs is the lack of available resources to train healthcare professionals in this specialty.

This book offers a major resource for healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and medical, nursing, psychology, and social work students who will be confronting this problem in their practices. The contributions, by renowned experts, fill a glaring gap in the knowledge professionals need in order to successfully manage maternal mental health.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 12, 2008
  • Page Count 400
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826101167
  • EISBN 9780826101174

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, Ian Brockington, PhD, FRCPsych
    Section I: The Importance of Maternal Mental Health
  1. The Effects of Maternal Stress, Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy on the Neurodevelopment of the Child, Vivette Glover, Kristin Bergman, and Thomas G. O'Connor
  2. Maternal Attachment and Bonding Disorders, Ian Brockington
  3. Effects of Maternal Postpartum Depression on the Infant and Older Siblings, Julia Chase-Brand
  4. Perinatal Mood Disorders: An Introduction, Shaila Misri and Karen Joe

  5. Section II: Perspectives on Risk Factors, Screening, and Diagnosis
  6. Diagnosis and Screening of Perinatal Mood Disorders, Linda Klempner
  7. Omega-3s, Exercise, and St. John's Wort: Three Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Depression, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  8. Stress System Dysregulation in Perinatal Mood Disorders, Sandra N. Jolley and Tricia Spach
  9. Infertility: Challenges and Complications in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Andrea Mechanick Braverman

  10. Section III: Professional Perspectives
  11. Perinatal Mood Disorders: An Obstetrician's Perspective, Alexandra C. Spadola
  12. The Pediatrician's Role in Identifying Postpartum Mood Disorders, Mary Ann LoFrumento
  13. The Nurses' Vantage Point, Cheryl Tatano Beck
  14. Mothers Who Suffer from Postpartum Illnesses and the Pitfalls of the Criminal Justice System, George Parnham

  15. Section IV: Treatment Options for Perinatal Mood Disorders
  16. To Medicate or Not: The Dilemma of Pregnancy and Psychiatric Illness, Catherine Birndorf and Alexandra Sacks
  17. Comorbid Presentations in Perinatal Mental Health: Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a Treatment Model, Susan Dowd Stone
  18. Treating Antepartum Depression: Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Margaret Spinelli
  19. A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment for Postpartum Depression, Alexis E. Menken
  20. Health Literacy and Maternal Empowerment, Lisa Bernstein and Eve Weiss
  21. The Role of Social Support in Prevention, Intervention and Treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders, Jane Israel Honikman

  22. Index