Interim Dean Sandra Weiss of the UC San Francisco School of Nursing is leading three major studies aimed at shedding important light on some of the most pressing issues facing American women with depression and the clinicians who treat them.
I am a woman of child-bearing age, and for some reason, I get asked about when I’ll have children all too often in our modern society. I also happen to be bipolar. This combination presents some challenges that men in my position will never face. People’s opinions about women having children affect my ability to Read more
There is a devastating story to tell for every one of these maternal deaths. Several years ago, one of us, Donna Kruezer of Austin lost her daughter, Kristi, to postpartum depression – found to be a leading cause of maternal mortality by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. In the aftermath of her Read more
Jessie is one of a growing number of people turning to crowdfunding to access mental health care. Sites like GoFundMe and YouCaring are commonly used to help raise money for care related to diseases or accidents, but mental health treatment fundraisers are on the rise. Why?
Women with newly developed depression before a breast cancer diagnosis have a significantly increased risk for death from any cause in addition to death from late-stage breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer.
Science of Us recently talked to Andrea Petersen on the question: “Are women born anxious, or are we raised to be that way?,” and the differences, both learned and innate, that contribute to the gender discrepancy in anxiety.
Sad Girls Club goes beyond a traditional mental health resource — it is a community where women can come together, not only to discuss mental health but to hold space for one another.
House Bill 242 would require the Texas Women’s Health Program to provide screening for the most common causes of maternal mortality: mental and behavioral health conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and hemorrhaging.
The maternity wards at all Christus Spohn Health System hospitals have worked over the last two years to better support new mothers through their postpartum period. Each mother delivering her child in a Christus Spohn Health System hospital undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to registered nurse and patient educator Amy Weinhoff.
About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy and Intellectual Disability in Offspring Not Associated, Concludes Study
Of the 179,007 children in the study, an intellectual disability was diagnosed in 0.9% of those exposed to antidepressants and in 0.5% of those not exposed. However, when the data were adjusted for parental age, the psychiatric illness for which the mother was treated, and other variables unrelated to the medication, the increased risk disappeared Read more
Helen has just spent 18 months in two women’s prisons. She suffers from anxiety, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome. Helen’s account of her time in prison reveals a shocking lack of special care when it comes to these issues.
For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one. A new study finds little risk of intellectual disability in children whose mothers take these pills while pregnant.
A foremost fertility expert in Nigeria and Medical Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, said mental health and infertility can be described as chicken and the egg. “We know infertile people are stressed, and this could lead to depression which is a mental disorder. So there is definitely an intercession between infertility and mental Read more
I realized that conversations about women’s experiences with the birth control pill are not openly discussed in our homes, schools, and communities. Without these conversations happening, it is harder for people like me to identify between myths and the realities of women’s lived experiences.
A variety of factors, including shallow community networks and language barriers, can compound the effects of postpartum mood disorders among immigrant women. Yet the research still falls startlingly behind.
Women with bipolar disorder have a high prevalence of sexual distress, and their sexual function is closely associated with their mood symptoms and perception of quality of life, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
emotional labour – A growing real-world demand for workers with empathy and a talent for making other people feel at ease requires a serious shift in perspective. It means giving more respect, and better pay, to workers too often generically dismissed as ‘unskilled labour’. And, it means valuing skills more often found among working-class women Read more
Senate Health Care Bill Could Drive Up Coverage Costs for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
The Health Care Bill includes a proposal that would allow states to waive federal requirements that insurers provide coverage that includes core health care services, known as essential health benefits (EHBs). Instead, states could allow insurers to exclude certain benefits from their coverage.
Also known as perinatal mood disorder, postpartum depression is one of the most common complications following a pregnancy. It affects about 1 in 6 new mothers in Texas.
postpartum depression screening bill – Texas mothers taking their new babies for checkups through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program will be able to get postpartum depression screenings and counseling under a bill Gov. Greg Abbott signed Thursday.
I am living proof that the fight for women in Texas prison is perpetual. The injustices and corruption we are subjected to at Lane Murray Unit are only a third of the problem.
Researchers examined how women—all of whom expressed a desire to be thinner—respond to models of different sizes. The research team showed them various images of thin, average, and plus-size models on a TV screen, and recorded their “psychophysiological responses”—the interaction between their mind and their body.
We live in a society that tells women how they should feel, think and look as mothers, even in early motherhood. Such repeated messages are easily internalized and, inevitably, they lead to feelings of failure, shame and guilt when many mothers are unable to live up to an impossible standard.
Texas officials were already investigating why an alarming number of Lone Star women are dying from pregnancy-related complications when a study last year ranked the state’s maternal mortality rate as the nation’s worst. That’s why many doctors and health care advocates are watching Republican-led negotiations in Washington over replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Muslim Women’s Experiences with Stigma, Discrimination and Abuse Are Associated with Depression in America
“Our findings have implications for clinical care, public health practice and policy, because a depressed Muslim American woman may be discriminated against due to her religion and mental health,” said Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Public Health. “These women face a double jeopardy, of sorts.”