What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers
Department of Psychiatry; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Senior Scholars Program
Mental and Social Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health
This exploratory study completed interviews with 25 depressed pregnant women who had prior depression, and when becoming pregnant, were receiving depression medication or tried to get mental health care. Seventy one percent of women were more than 25 weeks gestation at the time of the interview. Thirty-five percent of women were not receiving treatment. While 94 % told their provider of their pregnancy, 36 % had no opportunity to discuss the risks and benefits of continued pharmacotherapy; 42 % had no opportunity to continue pharmacotherapy. Some providers may be reluctant to treat depressed pregnant women, creating a potential barrier to their receipt of needed care.
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Citation: Psychiatr Q. 2014 Sep;85(3):349-55. doi: 10.1007/s11126-014-9293-7. Link to article on publisher's site
Weinreb, Linda F.; Byatt, Nancy; Moore Simas, Tiffany A.; Tenner, Karen; and Savageau, Judith A., "What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers" (2014). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 684.