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Medical News & Perspectives
September 16, 2009

Report Offers Clinicians Guidance for Treating Depression During Pregnancy

JAMA. 2009;302(11):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1313

A new report offers guidance to physicians weighing the various therapeutic strategies available to treat women who experience a depressive disorder during pregnancy.

The report, developed by a work group convened by the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Yonkers KA et al. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2009;31[5]:403-413; Obstet Gynecol. 2009;114[3]:703-713), comes at a time when they estimated that up to 23% of women experience a depressive disorder while pregnant and that about 13% of women (as of 2003) took an antidepressant at some point during pregnancy—double the rate seen just 4 years earlier.