4th Edition

Depression in New Mothers, Volume 2 Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Alternatives

By Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett Copyright 2024
    188 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fourth edition of Depression in New Mothers, Volume 2: Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Alternatives provides a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to understanding the assessment for treatment and treatment of postpartum depression.

    Depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder are common complications of childbirth that result in adverse health outcomes for both mother and child. It is vital, therefore, that health professionals be ready to help women with these conditions in the perinatal period. Written by a psychologist and board-certified lactation consultant, this fourth edition is greatly expanded and available as two complementary volumes. Focusing on causes and consequences of poor perinatal mental health and its treatment. It can also be used by community organizations that want to support new mothers, screen for possible depression, discuss treatment options, and refer them to appropriate care. This volume integrates current international research and includes chapters on:

    ●       Choosing an assessment scale to measure depression and co-occurring conditions

    ●       Developing a treatment plan

    ●       Supporting new mothers and families through community interventions

    ●       Using complementary and integrative therapies

    ●       Providing evidence-based psychotherapy

    ●       Using antidepressants

    Depression in New Mothers, Volume 2 (4th Edition) includes case illustrations throughout and retains its focus on moving research into practice. It is an essential resource for all healthcare practitioners working with mothers in the perinatal period, including mental health providers, nurses, midwives, doctors, lactation consultants, and peer supporters.

    Section I: Screening for Depression and Co-Morbid Conditions.  1.Screening: Rationale and Barriers.  2.Selcting Screening Scales: General Considerations.  3.The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).  4.The Patient Health Questionnaires.  5. Other Screening Tools.  6.Assessing for Symptom Severity, Maternal Suicide Risk, And Possible Infant Harm.  Section II: Complementary and Integrative Treatments.  7. An Integrative Approach to Treatment.  8. Nutraceuticals I: Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  9. Nutraceuticals II: Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Curcumin, And St. John’s Wort.  10. Exercise.  11. Bright Light Therapy.  12.Emerging Cam Treatments.  Section III: Community Interventions.  13. Social Support: The Foundation to Community Support.  14.Peer and Healthcare Provider Support.  15.Home Visiting, Education, And Infant Massage.  Section IV: Psychotherapy.  16.Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  17.Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  18. Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Treatment. Section V: Medications.  19. Overview Of Antidepressants.  20. Antidepressants for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women.  21. Atypical Antidepressants: Ketamine and Brexanolone.  22. Putting It All Together. 


    Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychological Trauma. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, the past president of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of Postpartum Support International’s President’s Advisory Council. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has published over 500 articles on women's health, breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology.  This is her 42nd book.

    In Depression in New Mothers, Vol II, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett provides a clear clinical context for the necessity of effective screening and assessment as the critical link to promoting successful treatment outcomes. She identifies the wide range of screening tools, their benefits and drawbacks, and current evidence-based treatments beyond just a pharmacological approach. This text is an invaluable roadmap for best practices in decision-making for the field of maternal mental health.

    Diana L. Barnes, Psy.D PMH-C 

    This book comprehensively overviews screening and treatment options for a woman experiencing perinatal mental health conditions. It covers evidenced-based complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies well. An amazing overview of psychotherapy as a  treatment and a review of medication options. A highly recommended informative book for practitioners in the field of perinatal mental health.

    Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, PMH-C, Certification and Training Director, Postpartum Support International