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Postpartum diagnostic switches likely in depressed women

Monday, 11/4/2013

Women with major depression should be monitored for emerging symptoms of hypomania during the postpartum period, researchers at Western University in Ontario, Canada say. They found that rates of switching to a bipolar II disorder at this time were 11- to18- fold higher than reported in non-postpartum women. Given the high rates of diagnostic switching, it is important that women with a prior history of depression be assessed for emerging symptoms of postpartum hypomania. In their study, there were 92 women with major depression. None converted to a bipolar II diagnosis during pregnancy, but six did so within six months of giving birth, Five of these conversions occurred within the first three months. The only factor that differed between women who did and did not convert was family history of bipolar disorder, which was present in 66.7 percent of women who converted compared with 22.1 percent of those who did not.


Finding herself: Lang-Montgomery needed some help with postpartum depression

Monday, 11/4/2013

Erika Lang-Montgomery, 42, often has to balance coaching with parenting but for the Flagler College women’s basketball coach, that balancing has also taken a toll on her. In September 2002, six months after having her first child, Lang-Mongomery developed postpartum depression. After the birth of her child, she went back to work and continued on with her full time daily tasks and responsibilities but eventually it caught up with her. There were not enough hours in he day for her and she did not want motherhood to interfere with her job. Lang-Montgomery, who is one of two women head coaches at Flagler, has two children, Jaden, 11 and Justin, 8. With a demanding basketball season, she is not always able to attend their birthdays. She has learned to find a balance between motherhood and coaching and has allowed herself to make changes in her life. “I really try to connect my family and team together" says Lang-Montgomery. “I want both to know why I do what I do and understand the sacrifices I may have to make for all of them.”

Stress-induced depression in new mums extends to daughters'

Monday, 11/4/2013

Exposure to social stress not only impairs a mother’s ability to care for her children but may also negatively impact her daughter’s ability to provide maternal care to future offspring, reveals a new study. A transgenerational study conducted with female rats examined the behavioral and physiological changes in mothers exposed to chronic social stress early in life as a model for postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Nephew, principal investigator of the study said that the endocrine and behavioral data are consistent with what has been reported in studies of depressed human mothers.

Postpartum Depression Threat Remains

Monday, 11/4/2013

The October 3rd death of Miriam Carey, who was shot by police after she tried to ram the gates of the White House and led the police on a 16 block car chase, has thrown postpartum depression into the spotlight. As many as one in every seven new mothers suffer from postpartum depression (JAMA Psychiatry). The same study also found that among women followed for the year after delivery, some 22 percent had been depressed. Postpartum psychosis affects about one out of every 1,000 women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. he exact causes are unknown but experts say the changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy may be a contributing factor. Dopamine plays a major role in the regulation of voluntary movement, motivation, and the sensation of pleasure. Serotonin primarily affects mood, memory, impulsiveness, and social behaviors. Any severe stressor, including sleep deprivation, could worsen the illness. The severity of depression varies by person and ranges from mild to severe. The mildest form is known as the baby blues and lasts a few weeks. Psychosis is the most severe form and usually requires medication and counseling for treatment.

Working Together to Support Father Involvement

Wednesday, 10/30/2013

First 5 San Bernardino is holding an event on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 9:30am-11:00am for a coalition-building meeting to supprt father involvement. Father absence is a significant problem in San Bernardino County. Community stakeholders would like to utilize this event to encourage more men to stand in the gap for their children and thier chilen's mothers. The objectives of this event are to develop organizational sructure, establish clear goals and measurable objectives, and to develop a system for evaluating success.

*The event will be help at the REACH OUT office:

1126 W. Foothill Blvd. Suite 150, Upland, CA 91786

Pre-register for this event @

Contact Jeff Faulkerson for further information:



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