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Weekly Roundup for October 27, 2023: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health


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Optimizing Mental Health for Women: Recognizing and Treating Mood Disorders Throughout the Lifespan.

Abel KM, Freeman MP. J Clin Psychiatry. 2023 Sep 18;84(5):vtsmdd2136ahc.

Association between opposed childhood experiences and perinatal depressive symptoms: a cross-sectional evaluation of 16,831 women in Iceland.

Bränn E, Vaina A, Daníelsdóttir HB, Thordardottir EB, Yang Q, Jakobsdóttir J, Aspelund T, Hauksdóttir A, Valdimarsdóttir UA, Lu D. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2023 Sep 20.

Total variety of ACEs was positively related to PPD (PR 1.11 per ACE, 95% CI: 1.10-1.11), also amongst women with none psychiatric comorbidities (PR 1.13, 95% CI: 1.11-1.14). PRs increased in a dose-response manner with the variety of ACEs; women that endorsed 5 or more ACEs were twice as more likely to have experienced PPD (PR 2.24, 95% CI: 2.09-2.41). All ACE types were related to PND, with essentially the most pronounced association for emotional neglect by a guardian (PR 1.53, 95% CI: 1.47-1.59).

Can EPDS and EPDS-3A be used to switch GAD-7 to screen the anxiety of pregnant women while pregnant examination? Pan Y, Xu J. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2023 Aug 10.

The EPDS and EPDS-3A will be used alone or together for initially screening of pregnancy anxiety. Under certain conditions, they will even be used to switch GAD-7 for anxiety screening to cut back the opposed influence of excessive screening on pregnant women, and improve the standard of survey data and efficiency of clinical services.


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Antenatal depression across trimesters as a risk for postpartum depression and estimation of the fraction of postpartum depression attributable to antenatal depression: A scientific review and meta-analysis of cohort studies.

Dlamini LP, Amelia VL, Shongwe MC, Chang PC, Chung MH. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023 Sep 17;85:35-42.

Eighty-eight (88) cohort studies with a combined sample size of 1,042,448 perinatal women contributed to the meta-analysis. About 37% of pregnant women who had antenatal depression (AD) later had PPD. Those with AD had 4 times higher odds of developing PPD (OR: 4.58; 95% CI = 3.52-5.96). The chances of getting PPD were higher when AD was observed in the primary or third trimester in comparison with the second trimester. About 12.8% of PPD cases were attributable to AD.

Randomized pilot trial of the “Mom Power” trauma- and attachment-informed multi-family group intervention in treating and stopping postpartum symptoms of depression amongst a health disparity sample.

Jester JM, Riggs JL, Menke RA, Alfafara E, Issa M, Muzik M, Rosenblum KL. Front Psychiatry. 2023 Sep 5;14:1048511.

At 3-months post-treatment, the 31 women assigned to Mom Power were half as more likely to meet criteria for probable depression (26%) because the 22 women within the control group (55%), with treatment predicting lower incidence of probable depression (OR = 0.13, p = 0.015).

Potential CSF biomarkers of postpartum depression following delivery via caesarian section.

Sheng Z, Liu Q, Lin R, Zhao Y, Liu W, Xu Z, Liu Z. J Affect Disord. 2023 Dec 1;342:177-181.

In samples of CSF collected at delivery, levels of capric acid, dodecanoic acid, arachidic acid and behenic acid in CSF were negatively correlated with PPD symptoms, meanwhile L-tryptophan had a positive correlation. Furthermore, these five biomarkers will be used as effective predictive biomarkers for PPD.

Racial Disparities in Diagnosis of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Amongst Symptomatic Medicaid Enrollees, 2012-2015.

Hall SV, Zivin K, Piatt GA, Weaver A, Tilea A, Zhang X, Moyer CA. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Sep 27:

Rate of PMAD diagnosis receipt differed by race and was low overall. Black respondents were less likely than White respondents to receive a diagnosis. Patient characteristics influencing diagnosis receipt also differed by race, indicating that strategies to enhance detection of those disorders require a tailored approach.

Screening fathers for postpartum depression in a maternal-child health clinic: a program evaluation in a midwest urban academic medical center.

Wainwright S, Caskey R, Rodriguez A, Holicky A, Wagner-Schuman M, Glassgow AE. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Sep 19;23(1):675.

Participation was high in a PPD screening pilot for fathers in a primary care setting.

Fidelity Assessment of Peer-Delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Postpartum Depression.

Babiy Z, Merza D, Layton H, Bieling PJ, Van Lieshout RJ. Am J Psychother. 2023 Aug 23:appipsychotherapy20220060.

Trained peers may find a way to reliably rate the fidelity of a PAI for postpartum depression. This preliminary study represents step one toward peer-led feedback as an alternative choice to expert-led supervision of peer-delivered group CBT for postpartum depression.

Effects of perioperative use of esketamine on postpartum depression risk in patients undergoing cesarean section: A randomized controlled trial.

Liu QR, Zong QK, Ding LL, Dai HY, Sun Y, Dong YY, Ren ZY, Hashimoto K, Yang JJ. J Affect Disord. 2023 Oct 15;339:815-822.

Perioperative administration of esketamine didn’t decrease the incidence of PPD risk in women after elective cesarean section. Nevertheless, esketamine reduced using opioid for pain relief.

One size doesn’t fit all: Attitudes towards work modify the relation between parental leave length and postpartum depression.

Chang CY, Liu SR, Glynn LM. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2023 Sep 22.

Longer leaves were related to increased depressive symptoms for ladies who missed their previous activities at work. Moreover, women who missed work and had leave for 16 weeks or more, exhibited higher depressive symptoms at six- and twelve-months. Last, results also indicated that girls who returned to work solely for monetary reasons exhibited more depressive symptoms at six-months postpartum than those that returned to work for other reasons.


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Maternal childhood maltreatment: associations to offspring brain volume and white matter connectivity.

Lugo-Candelas C, Chang L, Dworkin JD, Aw N, Fields A, Reed H, Spann M, Gilchrist MA, Hinds W, Marsh R, Fifer WP, Weissman M, Foerster BU, Manin MG, Silva I, Peterson B, Coelho Milani AC, Gingrich J, Monk C, Duarte CS, Jackowski A, Posner J. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2023 Sep 21:1-11.

In male children, history of maternal maltreatment could have intergenerational associations to offspring brain development visualized with MRI which will ultimately lead to changes in behavior and later vulnerability to psychiatric illness.

Relationship Between Parental Postnatal Distress and 5-12 months Mental Health Outcomes of Children Born at <30 Weeks and at Term.

Yates R, Treyvaud K, Lee KJ, Doyle LW, Cheong JLY, Pace CC, Spittle AJ, Spencer-Smith M, Anderson PJ. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2023 Sep 1;44(7):e455-e462.

Children born <30 weeks’ gestation showed more mental health symptoms than their term-born peers at age 5 years. Maternal postnatal distress was related to poorer child mental health across each groups, reinforcing the necessity for early identification and support of mental health distress within the postpartum period to enhance longer-term child well-being.

The association between prenatal psychosocial aspects and autism spectrum disorder in offspring at 3 years: a prospective cohort study.

Seebeck J, Sznajder KK, Kjerulff KH. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2023 Aug 9.

These findings suggest that maternal experience of opposed psychosocial aspects while pregnant could also be essential intrauterine exposures related to the pathogenesis of ASD.

The effect of prenatal stress on offspring depression susceptibility in relation to the gut microbiome and metabolome.

Li Q, Sun H, Guo J, Zhao X, Bai R, Zhang M, Liu M. J Affect Disord. 2023 Oct 15;339:531-537.

Animal study looks on the gut microbiome as a moderator of prenatal maternal distress on behavior within the offspring.


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