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Pregnant women are among the most vulnerable population that encounter different
perinatal psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders and depression and I highly agree with
this fact. These disorders have significant implications on maternal health, birth outcomes, and
offspring’s development. Hence, PMHNP has to play a crucial role ensuring the right treatment
has been provided to the pregnant women who suffer from perinatal psychiatric disorders.
(Agudelo et al., 2016)
I would like to add that depression is the most common types of perinatal psychiatric
disorders. Due to potential negative impact on maternal and child’s outcome, the perinatal period
is a very critical time to identify psychiatric disorders. Thus, it is important for obstetricians to
assess pregnant women mental health. (Doyle et al., 2011)
There various treatments for pregnant women with perinatal psychiatric disorders. Some
of the treatments are treatments are FDA approved, while others are off-label drugs and also non-
pharmacological intervention. It is important to consider the benefits and risks of each treatment
before proving it to the pregnant women. (Oyebode et al., 2011)
References
Agudelo,.C. (2016). Stokes, Henry Berrisford..African American Studies
Center..https://doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780195301731.013.75174
Doyle,.K., Heron,.J., Berrisford,.G., Whitmore,.J., Jones,.L., Wainscott,.G., & Oyebode,.F.
(2011). The management of bipolar disorder in the perinatal period and risk factors for
postpartum relapse..European Psychiatry,.27(8), 563-
569..https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2011.06.011
Oyebode,.F., Rastogi,.A., Berrisford,.G., & Coccia,.F. (2012). Psychotropics in pregnancy:
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