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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

Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com

Dr. Frieder believes that her patients are the ones most capable of assessing the risks and benefits related to their own conditions. This work will affect how she counsels her patients, but not what she recommends. “You are always going to try to treat them first with psychotherapy,” she said. “But if they are severely depressed, they are going to need medication.”

via Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com.

Important to have all the facts. Yes, there is a 3 in 1000 (infants) risk for pulmonary hypertension problems, which must be weighed against the risk of preterm birth and childhood depression if mother remains untreated…MentalHealthMomBlog.