Presentation Information

Cindy-Lee Dennis

Perinatal Mental Health: Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

  • Speaker: Cindy-Lee Dennis , PhD
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 CME

Perinatal mental health is a long-standing important public health issue worldwide with well documented negative effects on children, including delayed cognitive and language development, higher rates of behavioral problems, insecure or disorganized attachment, lower school-leaving grades and higher rates of depression at 16 to 18 years of age. This presentation will discuss the prevalence of perinatal mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and comorbid depression and anxiety. Risk factors will be outlined and consequences highlighted. Good principle for screening will be discussed to ensure accurate identification and follow-up. Preventive strategies based on best evidence will be presented and a and innovative treatment option will be discussed that is based on maternal preference. The use of technology will be reviewed to increase access and clinical utility and a new approach to the management of perinatal mental health will be presented.