Category Archives: Parent-to-parent

Bad headline, weak evidence in a new study to link taking antidepressants during pregnancy to autism

Pregnant-woman-window-3Pregnant women on (SSRI) antidepressants will probably find it harder to make the right decision about whether  or not to stay on their depression medication during pregnancy — especially if they only read the (very misleading) headline and  don’t read and understand (and/or get help from their doctors)  the details of the latest study on a possible link between antidepressants and autism.

My point is that the increase in risk reported in this Swedish study– meaning the degree to which AD as a cause could be linked to the prevalence of autism in the population — amounted to less than 1%!

I’ve posted the link below. Pregnant women dealing with severe, moderate or even mild depression…if, after weighing the evidence, you opt to stop using a SSRI during your pregnancy, please also 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.

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April 22, 2013, 11:57 am 119 Comments

Study Links Autism With Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy


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


What is Recovery Parenting?

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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

Family History of Alcoholism May Affect Adolescents’ Brains | Psych Central News

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

Relaxation Revisited ———Tips for helping your kids relax

Katie is a therapist and momblogger in Los Angeles — Read her tips for staying sane as a family with all the holiday stress!  Relaxation Revisited —– Tips for helping your kids relax.


Lawrence Diller, M.D.: The United States of Adderall

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


If you’re afraid of dull, tedius textbooks…a review by Linda A. Jansenn

…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

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

Parenting A Highly Sensitive Child | mothering

A well written, insightful essay by one mother of a shy child, with personal experience and research…Parenting A Highly Sensitive Child | mothering.


Five Ways to Create a Secure Attachment with Your Baby…without Sharing Your Bed

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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


A Mother Knows

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Even if a child doesn’t yet know it himself, a mom knows when one of her kids is having a hard time. Whether it’s strange thoughts, the blues, sudden social withdrawal, paranoia, or uncontrollable anger. These are some of the … Continue reading