Module 3: Psychiatric Comorbidities in Perinatal Patients
In this module, Dr. Mittal reviews how and when to screen your perinatal patients for mental health conditions. She also discusses how to describe the risks and benefits of antidepressants during the perinatal period and general prescribing principles. Dr. Mittal concludes this module by reviewing the importance of treating bipolar disorder and your options for doing so.
Module Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to...
- Utilize a validated tool to screen for mental health conditions at the recommended times during the perinatal and postpartum periods
- Discuss the risks and benefits of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment options for mental health conditions
- Determine the optimal medication and dosage for a patient with a mental health condition based on general prescribing principles
Leena Mittal, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as the Program Director for the Women's Mental Health Fellowship at the Brigham. Dr. Mittal has numerous publications and speaks nationally on the treatment of mental health and substance use conditions throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Mittal is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and addiction medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mittal is the Associate Medical Director for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms (MCPAP for Moms), an innovative statewide consultation service for providers seeing pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use conditions.
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