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The Management of Major Depression During Pregnancy

Susan has a history of severe recurrent depressive episodes with debilitating panic attacks beginning at age 14. She has been tried on all currently available SSRI medications, as well as...
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Dr. Payne is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Women's Mood Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Within the past 12 months, Dr. Payne has been a consultant to AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

Off-label uses of medications will be discussed throughout this Cyberounds.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • List two known risks to the baby of not treating a major depressive episode during pregnancy

  • Identify two potential risks to the baby of the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors during the third trimester

  • Apply the risk factors that should be taken into account when deciding on a clinical plan for the management of major depression during pregnancy.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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