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Perinatal Mental Health and the Military Family
Identifying and Treating Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Edited By

Melinda A. Thiam

ISBN 9781138924789
Published January 30, 2017 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

This multi-disciplinary resource provides an overview of perinatal mental and physical health issues within the military population. Perinatal mental health has far-reaching implications for military readiness. The text provides insights to the effects of military culture on identification, evaluation, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is an invaluable resource for military and civilian primary and behavioral health providers.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures  Foreword Melinda A. Thiam  Contributors  Part I: Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health  1. The Psychological Aspects of Motherhood Melinda A. Thiam, Kelly O. Elmore, and Karen Weis  2. Overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Melinda A. Thiam and Karen Weis  3. Infant and Child Mental Health and Perinatal Illness Melinda A. Thiam, Eric M. Flake, and Michael M. Dickman  4. New Fatherhood: An Overview of Men’s Perinatal Mental Health Daniel B. Singley and Lisa M. Edwards  Part II: Military Service and Perinatal Mental Health   5. Introduction to Military Service and the Military Family Melinda A. Thiam and Karen Weis  6. Perinatal Mental Health in the Military Melinda A. Thiam, Eric M. Flake, Kelly Elmore, Michael M. Dickman, and Kellie Haworth  Part III: From Diagnosis to Treatment  7. Non-pharmacological Treatment Modalities Valerie Jobrak and Melinda A. Thiam  8. Pharmacological and Somatic Treatments in the Perinatal Period Melinda A. Thiam, Carla W. Schnitzlein, David S. Hodson, and Daniel J. Lee  9. Military Prenatal Intervention Models  Karen Weis and Kelly Elmore  10. Military Perinatal Intervention Models in Pediatrics and Family Medicine Kellie Haworth, Eric M. Flake, Michael M. Dickman, and Melinda A. Thiam  11. Military Perinatal Mental Health Treatment in Behavioral Health  Ashley Clark, Nicole Champagne, and Melinda A. Thiam  12. Support Services in Civilian and Military Communities Sondra S. Thompson and Melinda A. Thiam  13. “In Their Own Words…”   Survivor Stories Amy De Nardo-Kaczmarek  14. Future Directions Melinda A. Thiam, David Hodson and Karen Weis  Appendix: Body Image and Maternal Mental Health Sharon Gerdes and Melinda A. Thiam 

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Melinda A. Thiam, MD, is a staff psychiatrist in the military where she works as a clinic chief in behavioral health.


“There is very little focus given to perinatal mental health and there are few providers who feel comfortable treating these women with psychotropic medications. But it is a significant need. Thus, programs that choose to focus their work on perinatal mental health tend to stand out and have an important place in the medical and psychological literature. The fact this this book addresses both pharmacological treatments, self-help, and psychological treatments adds to its relevance and publishability.”—Amy Cameron, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University