Things just got much tougher for pregnant women on (SSRI) antidepressants. Another study, as discussed in today’s NYT, this one with a large sample size (4000+) has made it impossible to discount the evidence linking a mother’s use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy with a higher risk for autism in her child. I’ve posted the link below. Pregnant women dealing with severe, moderate or even mild depression face a much more complicated choice with this knowledge in hand. If, as seems advisable, you opt to stop using a SSRI during your pregnancy, please be sure to substitute alternative treatment (psychotherapy, an exercise regimen, a strong support system) and lifestyle changes that help with depression rather than simply opting out without replacing your antidepressants. I mention mildly depressed above because it is commonplace for mild depression to become more severe during and after pregnancy due to hormonal changes and related stresses.
Study Links Autism With Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
By KJ DELL’ANTONIA
A cautiously worded study based on data collected in Sweden has found that “in utero exposure to both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (S.S.R.I.’s) and nonselective monoamine reuptake inhibitors (tricyclic antidepressants) was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, particularly without intellectual disability.”
Read the New York Times article here:
The Swedish study in BMJ
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Incessant worry is what moms do no matter how hard we try not to; even after our kids get better—and long after we should know better. Waiting for the other shoe to drop; waiting for that call to come from … Continue reading
A new study has found that the brains of adolescents with a family history of alcoholism respond differently while making risky decisions than the brains of other teens.
via Family History of Alcoholism May Affect Adolescents’ Brains | Psych Central News.
One more reason to know your family history of addictions and mental disorders and use it to guide your parenting. Not that it’s easy to convince teens they’re not invincible, but to use your personal family risk plus this type of scientific information to set your priorities and pick your fights.…Mental Health Mom Blog
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This is an excerpt from my just released memoir, A Lethal Inheritance, A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Decades of Mental Illness. I don’t know a single mother anywhere who hasn’t wrestled with guilt, no matter what the particular circumstances in her life. To read it on Divine Caroline, click below.
Guilt: my Last, Worst Addiction – DivineCaroline.
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Tagged alcoholism, depression in pregnancy, family alcoholism, family mental illness, maternal depression, recovery
Lawrence Diller, M.D.: The United States of Adderall. This S.F. pediatrician explains why drugs for ADHD rule when psychotherapy isn’t reimbursed by insurance companies. He’s not opposed to prescribing child psychiatric meds, but he’s wary of the huge increase in … Continue reading
…have no fear of reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychology. I was thrilled to find a comprehensive, well-researched and highly readable introduction to the history, current research findings and up-to-date trends in child psychology. I especially … Continue reading
Depressed Mothers Have Children With Enlarged Amygdalas, Says Study – The Daily Beast. Those of us who have been there know it first hand. But this sort of “biomarker” settles certain arguments that can no longer be denied. READ this piece for more details on the study
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After giving birth the first time, I stayed home for three months, and then began leaving my son with a babysitter for a few hours a day so I could get a break from his colic and ease back into … Continue reading