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Essential Reads: Keeping Up with the Medical Literature in Reproductive Psychiatry

It isn’t easy to remain on top of the medical literature in any field.  The variety of journals and publications has increased dramatically over the past decade.  After we first began this website, there have been a handful of articles to read each week.  Now, it is simple to seek out 50 or so publications each week which can be relevant to the practice of perinatal psychiatry.  

On our website, we attempt to stay abreast of the newest news, and you might be, in fact, welcome to proceed to make use of our website as your primary source of knowledge.  But many individuals need to know  what I read and the way I discover about current literature.  I’m including that information here. 

Pubmed – This is clearly the very best source for original research, nevertheless it requires time and patience. In case you enroll for an account on NCBI, you may specify your search parameter and get email alerts.  In case you enter something like “depression AND pregnancy”, you’ll get about 35-50 articles per week.  These Pubmed searches provide the content for our weekly roundups.


ToC (Table of Contents) Alerts for specific publications send you email notifications of the Table of Contents of newly published journal issues.  For perinatal psychiatry, I find probably the most articles published in the next journals

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (JCP) – Enroll for alerts 

Archives of Women’s Mental Health – Enroll for alerts

JAMA Psychiatry – Enroll for alerts

American Journal of Psychiatry – Enroll for alerts 

The primary two journals are particularly useful.  JCP under the leadership of our very own Dr. Marlene Freeman incorporates a quarterly issue specializing in women’s mental health.  Along with original research, these issues feature a column by Chittaranjan Andrade, MD; these are thoughtful and well-researched articles about current topics in our field.  (Bonus: The complete-text of those columns is offered to non-subscribers without cost.)

While these journals publish excellent articles on women’s mental health, many articles on the reproductive safety of medicines don’t, nevertheless, appear in those journals. They have an inclination to seem in Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatrics, JAMA, Recent England Journal of Medicine, and PLoS Medicine.  It’s time-consuming to scan for these articles.  The nice (and bad) news is that many articles related to the protection of medicines used while pregnant appear on health news aggregators.


Health News Aggregators are helpful inroads to learning about particular topics in medicine.  They often appear within the press before the unique articles are published and are easy to scan; nevertheless, there are some caveats.  News aggregators usually tend to publish splashy articles and to make use of eye-catching headlines.  They usually tend to deal with rare and dramatic outcomes and fewer more likely to publish articles supporting the reproductive safety of a specific medication.  Finally, they often summarize just the article or piece of reports in query and don’t put this information in a bigger context.  

That said, aggregators are a superb option to get a lay of the land.  I’m sharing my opinions on a few of the ones I exploit most incessantly.  I receive each day alerts from the next sources:

Healio Psychiatry and Healio Women’s Health & OB/GYN – My current favorites.  One in all the good things about Healio is that they put the reference (with a link) at the highest of the article so that you don’t should plow through the entire article in search of the magic link. You’ll be able to enroll for each day alerts on the house page.

MedPage Today Psychiatry – Also a superb resource.  Visually this aggregator is somewhat harder to scan the headlines because they lump stories together. Nonetheless, the data they present is usually good. You’ll be able to enroll for alerts on the house page.  

Medscape Psychiatry – I was once a giant fan of Medscape.  I feel the standard of writing is sweet; nevertheless, watch out for signing up for alerts.  I recently canceled my subscriptions because I used to be getting 10-20 emails from Medscape per day.  


Free Medical Journals – We used to call these “throwaway journals” because they got here to your mailbox whether you wanted them or not and since they will not be peer-reviewed.  Most of those journals are actually peer-reviewed.  While they don’t present original research or carry the prestige of top tier journals; the articles are generally well-written and clinically relevant.  You’ll be able to enroll for email alerts for any of those.

Psychiatry Advisor – This journal offers a combination of aggregated and original articles.  Occasional articles on women’s mental health; a few of the more substantive articles  are written by experts in the sector.

Psychiatric Times – Published by the APA. Original articles and opinion pieces, but less commonly has articles on perinatal psychiatry.

MDEdge ObGyn (previously often known as Ob/Gyn News) – This journal features a column from our very own Dr. Lee Cohen which covers vital issues in reproductive psychiatry.


Google Scholar Alerts might be helpful for staying abreast of a narrow topic, as an example latest articles on zuranolone or articles from a specific creator; nevertheless, for general articles this sort of alert is usually quite nonspecific and takes a protracted time to scan.


Hopefully this is useful information.  Be at liberty to share other approaches.  


Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD






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