What are the guidelines for therapy in pregnant women with mild or severe depression?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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APA guidelines support psychotherapy as the first choice of therapy for pregnant women with mild depression. [8] In severe depression during pregnancy, especially in cases of psychosis, agitation, or severe retardation, electroconvulsive therapy may be the safest and quickest treatment option. One randomized, double-blind study found that bright-white-light therapy was significantly more effective than placebo for depression during pregnancy. [158]


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