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When Mothers are Depressed: Understanding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

by Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT
  • Duration: 540 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
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Cultural ideology promotes the idea that pregnancy and childbirth are the happiest time in women’s lives; yet, there are more psychiatric admissions around the child-bearing years than at any other time in the female life cycle. Perinatal depression looks different in terms of its symptom presentation than other types of major depressive episodes and the psychological issues that determine treatment are unique to this phase of life, not only for the new mother, but for the entire family. This presentation focuses on symptom recognition, risk factors and treatment options looking at the impact of maternal depression on the developing mother-infant attachment.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: List 4 distinguishing symptoms of perinatal depression
Objective 2: Describe the developmental impact on the fetus when a pregnant woman is depressed.
Objective 3: Identify 6 factors that elevate risk to perinatal depression and anxiety. 

Categories: Compassion Strategies
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks