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Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed antepartum women: a pilot study
Am J Psychiatry 1997;154:1028-1030.
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OBJECTIVE: Antenatal depression, a substantial risk factor for postpartum depression, occurs in 10% of pregnant women, but no clinical treatment trials of antenatal depression exist. In an effort to establish treatment guidelines for depression during pregnancy, the author reports on a treatment program using interpersonal psychotherapy for antepartum depression. METHOD: A 16-week open pilot trial conducted with 13 pregnant women who met DSM-III-R criteria for major depression. RESULTS: The women's mean depression ratings decreased significantly from week 0 to week 16 of the treatment program. CONCLUSIONS: Interpersonal psychotherapy for antepartum depression appears to be an effective alternative to pharmacotherapy in pregnancy. This study served as a pilot for an ongoing controlled clinical treatment trial.

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