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Screening and Treatment of Postpartum Depression

This free, CME-certified webinar provides clear tools to help you effectively screen and treat new mothers for postpartum depression.

Speakers

SPEAKER

Marlene Freeman, MD

FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Marlene Freeman, MD has no financial disclosures to report

Course Overview

This free, CME-certified webinar provides clear tools to help you effectively screen and treat new mothers for postpartum depression. This is critical for your primary care practice, as this condition affects up to 19 percent of mothers and newborns. The risk is even higher in some populations. Symptoms can progress to include psychosis, suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming themselves or their infant. Even without these extremes, women who are affected by postpartum depression are less likely to provide their infants with enriched environments. Children of depressed mothers can exhibit psychiatric symptoms themselves even within just two years. This webinar is presented by Project TEACH, a program funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the risks and benefits of different treatment options for depression in the context of the postpartum and breastfeeding
  • Describe the risk factors for postpartum depression
  • Discuss the presentation of postpartum psychosis and associated risks
  • Discuss bipolar disorder and treatment during the postpartum period