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Am J Psychiatry. 1997 Jul;154(7):1028-30.

Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed antepartum women: a pilot study.

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, USA. spinellm@child.cpmc.columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Antenatal depression, a substantial risk factor for postpartum depression, occurs in 10% of pregnant women, but no clinical treatment trials of antenatal depression exist. In an effort to establish treatment guidelines for depression during pregnancy, the author reports on a treatment program using interpersonal psychotherapy for antepartum depression.

METHOD:

A 16-week open pilot trial conducted with 13 pregnant women who met DSM-III-R criteria for major depression.

RESULTS:

The women's mean depression ratings decreased significantly from week 0 to week 16 of the treatment program.

CONCLUSIONS:

Interpersonal psychotherapy for antepartum depression appears to be an effective alternative to pharmacotherapy in pregnancy. This study served as a pilot for an ongoing controlled clinical treatment trial.

PMID:
9210760
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.154.7.1028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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