Pregnancy and Mental Health

Pregnancy and mental health problems – how to reconcile the two – are often topics of discussion on this website and in my clinical practice.

In the past we have often referred people to  Vivien K. Burt, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of the Women’s Life Center at UCLA and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health for information and sometimes to obtain consultations.

This past week, a colleague at UCSF, Dr. Anna Glezer, wrote to let me know about a new patient-centered informational website she is launching focused on issues related to pregnancy and mental health. It’s called Mind Body Pregnancy.

It is a wonderful resource that includes a very active log and I encourage any of you reading this with an interest to subscribe to it.

The whole topic of pregnancy and mental health tends to raise anxiety because of the strong and, often, radically divergent opinions that you can run across when doing searches for information on the Internet or when talking to family and friends.

But our experience working with many women who had successful pregnancies despite wrestling with problems of bipolar or depression suggests that seeking information and consultation from reliable sources, along with thoughtful planning and discussion, can lead to a plan for a healthy pregnancy and the start of a new family.

For more information…

Depression in Pregnancy Affects the Child

Maternal Antidepressants and Autism

Postpartum Mood Episodes

Women and Mood Page

Having Kids

  • Great post! I joined her blog & started following her on Twitter, and let her know that I discovered her through your blog.

    My blog “Birth of a New Brain” about bipolar, peripartum onset (a.k.a. postpartum bipolar) has over 900 active followers. One of my favorite posts is this one, which explains what bipolar peripartum is and isn’t, especially in relation to postpartum psychosis.

    https://proudlybipolar.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/my-pmad-perinatal-mood-anxiety-disorder-gets-no-respect-part-one/

    I was profiled in HuffPost Women last month about my life as a mother with bipolar, peripartum onset, which many people don’t know is also a perinatal mood & anxiety disorder. The article got thousands of views and insightful comments. Clearly there is an interest in this topic, and I’m excited about increasing awareness of this disorder over the next few years and following the researchers around the world who study it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-hollman-phd/a-successful-working-moth_b_8980628.html

    My book “Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder” with a foreword by Dr. Walker Karrraa will be published by Post Hill Press in 2017.