Observations From Below: Always Look On the Bright Side of Life
A friend of mine recently wanted me to write about staying optimistic. I hate plastic bags with the built in zipper closures. I detest dropping things, as I can't pick them up. I abhor when things like the T.V. remote are out of reach. I dislike that I can't get into food wrappers without scissors. Buttons are on my hit list. Round door knobs are my enemy. Curbs, stairs, chairs without arms or seatbelts, muscles that stay tight and the pain that goes with that. These are just a few of my least favorite things. It is probably clear that I, like all people, are not always happy, but that is a common misconception that follo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother says placenta smoothie with avocados helped her postnatal depression
Christina Simmons, 30, from Seattle, blended part of her afterbirth along with blueberries and other nutrient-packed foods, before having the remainder turned into capsules. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The impact of maternal and paternal deployment on depressive symptoms and well-being among military-connected youth - Sullivan K, Benbenishty R, Astor RA, Capp G, Gilreath TD, Rice E.
This study examines how military parents' gender moderates the association between deployments and well-being and depression among military-connected youth. METHODS: Secondary analyses were run on 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey data... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Moms Get Honest About Postpartum Depression In Powerful Video
For women struggling with postpartum depression, one of the most powerful tools is the knowledge that they're not alone. In an emotional new video from BuzzFeed, four moms who experienced postpartum depression share their stories and offer advice to other mothers going through hard times. From the moms' descriptions of how they felt, to their different ways of dealing with the issue, one message is constant: You can get help and get better.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Moms Get Honest About Postpartum Depression In Powerful Video
For women struggling with postpartum depression, one of the most powerful tools is the knowledge that they're not alone. In an emotional new video from BuzzFeed, four moms who experienced postpartum depression share their stories and offer advice to other mothers going through hard times. From the moms' descriptions of how they felt, to their different ways of dealing with the issue, one message is constant: You can get help and get better.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

How Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Helped Me Survive to Battle Bipolar Depression
ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) gave me a second chance at life so I could love my little girl Ten years ago if you told me I'd beg a stranger to attach electrodes to my head to zap me out of despair, my retort would've been: No way! Life always has a way of surprising us. My life's biggest surprise was being diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder (bipolar, peripartum onset). Six weeks postpartum, I was manic and oblivious to the inevitable crash that follows bipolar mania. When depression descended, it was vicious. I tried numerous medications, but my depression wouldn't budge. When my father died, my depression inten...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of childhood trauma on postpartum depression: a prospective study - Venter MD, Smets J, Raes F, Wouters K, Franck E, Hanssens M, Jacquemyn Y, Sabbe BGC, Eede FVD.
Studies on the impact of childhood trauma on postpartum depression show inconsistencies and methodological limitations. The present study examines the effect of childhood trauma on depression 12 and 24 weeks after childbirth, while controlling for history ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Maternal depression from pregnancy to 4 years postpartum and emotional/behavioural difficulties in children: results from a prospective pregnancy cohort study - Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Mensah F, Giallo R, Brown S.
Considerable attention has been focused on women's mental health in the perinatal period and the subsequent impacts on children. Comparatively, we know much less about maternal depression at later time points and the potential implications for child mental... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Traumatic stress symptoms in children exposed to intimate partner violence: the role of parent emotion socialization and children's emotion regulation abilities - Fainsilber Katz L, Stettler N, Gurtovenko K.
We examined maternal emotion socializatio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Association between parental depressive symptoms and impaired bonding with the infant - Kerstis B, Aarts C, Tillman C, Persson H, Engström G, Edlund B, Ohrvik J, Sylvén S, Skalkidou A.
Impaired bonding with the infant is associated with maternal postpartum depression but has not been investigated extensively in fathers. The primary study aim was to evaluate associations between maternal and paternal depressive symptoms and impaired bondi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Infant sleep and feeding patterns are associated with maternal sleep, stress, and depressed mood in women with a history of major depressive disorder (MDD) - Sharkey KM, Iko IN, Machan JT, Thompson-Westra J, Pearlstein TB.
Our goal was to examine associations of infant sleep and feeding patterns with maternal sleep and mood among women at risk for postpartum depression. Participants were 30 women (age ± SD = 28.3 ± 5.1 years) with a history of MDD (but not in a mood episod... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms across the birth of a child: associations with toddler emotional development - Guyon-Harris K, Huth-Bocks A, Lauterbach D, Janisse H.
Depression during the perinatal period is common and impacts the physical and psychological well-being of those who experience it. One area of particular significance is the course of maternal depression across time, including the differential effects of d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Altered stress patterns and increased risk for postpartum depression among low-income pregnant women - Scheyer K, Jr GGU.
Postpartum depression (PPD) has been associated with a number of negative maternal and infant health outcomes. Despite these adverse health effects, few studies have prospectively examined patterns of pre- and postnatal stress that may increase a woman's r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Lower prenatal vitamin D status and postpartum depressive symptomatology in African American women: preliminary evidence for moderation by inflammatory cytokines - Accortt EE, Schetter CD, Peters RM, Cassidy-Bushrow AE.
Vitamin D deficiency and elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines have each been associated individually with postpartum depression (PPD). African American women are at increased risk for prenatal vitamin D deficiency, inflammation, and prenatal and postpartum ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Postpartum depression among visible and invisible sexual minority women: a pilot study - Flanders CE, Gibson MF, Goldberg AE, Ross LE.
PURPOSE Significant numbers of sexual minority women are choosing to parent. Despite this, there is limited research on postpartum depression (PPD) with sexual minority mothers and less research considering differences within sexual minority women in the e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Moms: Help needed for largest ever postpartum depression study
If you have ever suffered from postpartum depression or anxiety or know somebody who has, you no doubt have wondered what causes the destructive disorders that impact as many as one in five women. Why do some women experience them when others don't? Could there be a way to predict who might suffer from them? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could a blood test detect post-natal depression?
It is hoped the findings could one day lead to a blood test to screen pregnant women at risk of postnatal depression Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Moms Can Use Their iPhones To Join The Fight Against PPD
One of the biggest questions about postpartum depression (PPD) is what causes it. Why are as many as 1 in 7 mothers affected by debilitating, often long-lasting depression and anxiety? And if experts better understood the causes, how could they improve care and prevention efforts? A major new investigation is poised to find those answers, and moms can help by simply answering a few quick questions on their iPhones.  Researchers with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the consortium Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment, or PACT, have developed a free iPhone app that will ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This May Point to Postpartum Depression Risk
Goal is to identify and treat this mental health issue early (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Love Hormone’ Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression
Goal is to identify and treat this mental health issue early (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - March 24, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Gynecology, Obstetrics, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression
Goal is to identify and treat this mental health issue early (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression
Goal is to identify and treat this mental health issue early Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormones, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression
THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 -- Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 24, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Oxytocin level in pregnancy predicts postpartum depression severity
(Northwestern University) Higher oxytocin levels in the third trimester of pregnancy predicts the severity of postpartum depression symptoms in women who previously suffered from depression, reports a new study. The finding indicates the potential for finding biomarkers to predict depressive symptoms postpartum and begin preventive treatment. Depression biomarkers should be screened in pregnancy, just like gestational diabetes, scientists said. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Researchers recruit women for large study on postpartum depression
Stephen FellerCHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 22 (UPI) -- Researchers launched a large study on postpartum depression using an iPhone app to recruit women in the hope of identifying genetic markers for the disorder. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers want 100,000 moms for postpartum study
If you have ever suffered from postpartum depression or anxiety or know somebody who has, you no doubt have wondered what causes the destructive disorders that impact as many as one in five women. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The indirect effect of positive parenting on the relationship between parent and sibling bereavement outcomes after the death of a child
Conclusion: These results underscore the importance of examining both maternal and paternal influences after the death of a child, demonstrate differential impact of maternal vs. paternal symptoms on siblings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moms: Help needed for largest ever postpartum depression study
If you have ever suffered from postpartum depression or anxiety or know somebody who has, you no doubt have wondered what causes the destructive disorders that impact as many as one in five women. Why do some women experience them when others don't? Could there be a way to predict who might suffer from them? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hunting the genetic signs of postpartum depression with an iPhone app
Scientists begin a project that will use an iPhone app to recruit women who have had postpartum depression for a study of the disorder’s genetic underpinnings. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - March 22, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App
Scientists hope to use a cellphone app to recruit 100,000 women to submit DNA samples to try to identify genes that may be markers for postpartum depression. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAM BELLUCK Tags: Genetics and Heredity DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Mental Health and Disorders National Institute of Mental Health Apple Inc Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Meltzer-Brody, Samantha University of North Carolina Mobile Applications Source Type: news

Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
Title: Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family SizeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/18/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/21/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - March 21, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Postpartum Depression - Not Just the Baby Blues
You've waited nine months, and your new baby finally has arrived. But a few weeks later, instead of feeling joy and contentment, you experience anxiety, sadness, episodes of crying and guilt. You may be suffering from postpartum depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 out of every 10 women will have some degree of postpartum [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 21, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence associated with postpartum depression, regardless of socioeconomic status - Kothari CL, Liepman MR, Shama Tareen R, Florian P, Charoth RM, Haas SS, McKean JW, Moe A, Wiley J, Curtis A.
This study examined whether socioeconomic status moderated the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and postpartum depression among a community-based sample of women. Defining the role of poverty in the risk of postpartum depressio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Postpartum Depression May Mean Fewer Children
They're unlikely to have more than two kids, researchers say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Who’ve Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
They're unlikely to have more than two kids, researchers say (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - March 18, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, News, Source Type: news

Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
They're unlikely to have more than two kids, researchers say (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
They're unlikely to have more than two kids, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Postpartum Depression (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 -- Women who've had postpartum depression may not have more than two children, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 300 mothers born in the early to mid-20th century. Most of them lived in developed... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Women with impaired stress hormone before pregnancy have lower-birthweight babies
Before women even become pregnant, their biological profile may predict a lower-birthweight baby, a UCLA-led research team reports. Most people have a high level of cortisol — a hormone the body releases in response to stressful events (and also at other times) — when they get out of bed in the morning, and that level declines throughout the day. In some people, however, cortisol levels are low in the morning and decrease by a smaller-than-normal amount during the day. This pattern has been associated with progression of a variety of diseases, including atherosclerosis and cancer, as well as chronic stress and ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 17, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Mothers with postnatal depression reluctant to have more than two children
(University of Kent) Mothers who have postnatal depression are unlikely to have more than two children according to research carried out by evolutionary anthropologists the University of Kent and published by Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Saffie Johnson who married at 17 hanged herself after battling post-natal depression
Saffie Johnson, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, had been determined to be a young wife and mother but found herself struggling to cope with parenthood. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postpartum depression screening in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: program development, implementation, and lessons learned - Cherry AS, Blucker RT, Thornberry TS, Hetherington C, McCaffree MA, Gillaspy SR.
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this project were to describe the development of a postpartum depression screening program for mothers of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and assess the implementation of the screening program. METHODS: Screening ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: When it comes to breastfeeding, a mother’s health and happiness matter too
Vivien Burt Robin Berman Dr. Vivien Burt is a professor emeritus of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and the co-director of the Women’s Life Center at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Sonya Rasminsky is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine. Dr. Robin Berman is an associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA. This column appeared March 3 in the Washington Post’s “On Parenting” blog. Whoever said, “Don’t cry over spilled milk” couldn’t possibly have been talking about breast milk. As reproductive psychiatrists who specialize in treat...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 11, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Associations between maternal and paternal depressive symptoms and early child behavior problems: testing a mutually adjusted prospective longitudinal model - Narayanan MK, Nærde A.
BACKGROUND: While there is substantial empirical work on maternal depression, less is known about how mothers' and fathers' depressive symptoms compare in their association with child behavior problems in early childhood. In particular, few studies have ex... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression
MONDAY, March 7, 2016 -- Fewer than half of pediatricians in the United States ask mothers about depression, even though the condition affects many women with young children, a new study reveals. "Maternal depression is often overlooked and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 7, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New mothers with postpartum psychiatric disorders face increased risk of suicide: Study
(Aarhus University) New mothers who suffer from depression and other psychiatric disorders face a heightened risk of taking their own lives during the first year after they give birth, a new study shows. The study, which runs counter to conventional wisdom of motherhood as a state of unmitigated bliss, is based on one of the most exhaustive analyses ever conducted on the subject, taking advantage of rich data available to researchers in Denmark. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fertility guru ZITA WEST on how acupuncture can help with post-natal depression
Midwife Zita West, 59, runs one of the UK’s largest natural fertility clinics. She lives in the Cotswolds with husband Rob and their two children. Here she discusses her experience of post-natal depression. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Results on Antidepressants in Pregnancy
A series of three recent studies into the side-effects of antidepressant use during pregnancy has found no clear effects on the baby but a possible risk of hemorrhage during childbirth. Depression is common in pregnancy and afterwards, with a rate of 11% to 20% in the United States. Antidepressants are being increasingly used, so a large body of research has examined the potential risks. The first study, led by Dr. Marte Handal of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, included details on 51,404 children. Among the mothers, 159 used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. At three years old, th...
Source: Psych Central - March 5, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jane Collingwood Tags: Children and Teens Depression Disorders Family General Medications Parenting Postpartum Depression Psychology Women's Issues Antidepressants Child Development Childbirth delayed motor development Motherhood motor skills Obs Source Type: news

Randomised controlled trial of facilitated exercise plus usual care versus usual care only as treatment for women with a depressive disorder in the first six postnatal months
Up to 10% of women have a depressive disorder in the first 6 months after birth.1 Many mothers are not effectively treated, largely due to reluctance to accept medication at this time and limited availability of timely psychological treatment.1 Physical activity is a potential intervention for postnatal depression (PND). However, evidence is limited to a few small, low-quality studies that suggest facilitated exercise has a modest beneficial effect on the prevention of PND and no statistically or clinically meaningful effect on the treatment of PND.2 (Source: Current Aware...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New depression screening guidelines benefit pregnant women and new moms–and everyone
Follow me @hricciot In January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an important update to their depression screening recommendations. As an obstetrician, I was particularly pleased that the recommendations now include screening pregnant women or those who have recently given birth, because 10% of these women suffer from depression. How new moms can benefit from enhanced depression screening The prior recommendations did not include pregnant and postpartum women. The USPSTF also found that treatment with a type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy alone, without the use of antidepressan...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hope Ricciotti, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Brain and cognitive health Family Planning and Pregnancy Mental Health Prevention Screening Women's Health Source Type: news