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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2010 Apr;12(2):96-103. doi: 10.1007/s11920-010-0098-6.

The impact of mood disorders and their treatment on the pregnant woman, the fetus, and the infant.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20010, USA.


Treatment of mood disorders in pregnant or nursing women can carry significant risks for the mother and the developing infant. For patients and physicians, it may be difficult to obtain current information to make the proper decisions regarding pharmacologic and alternative treatments. Thus, this paper discusses the risks and benefits of pharmacologic treatment and the risks of not treating depression and bipolar disorder in the pregnant woman. The safety of treatment options is reviewed. Alternative treatment options are also discussed.

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