Dr. Victoria Hendrick on Alternative PMAD Treatments

The use of alternative treatments, including acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, dietary supplements, massage and relaxation techniques, for depression is becoming increasingly widespread. However, few studies have examined these alternative treatments for depression occurring in the postpartum period.

Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Here is an excellent article from Mothering.com that includes great advice from many sources, including Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and PSI president Birdie Meyer. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, Illinois is especially remarkable for reporting the link between high copper and severe postpartum anxiety issues like postpartum psychosis and postpartum obsessive/compulsive disorder.  Look for an in-depth post … Continue reading

New Study on Bright Light Therapy

Light is an important environmental factor for regulation of mood. There is a high frequency of seasonal affective disorder in high latitudes where light exposure is limited, and bright light therapy is a successful antidepressant treatment.

Light Therapy Useful for Depression During Pregnancy

Bright-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women. The availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant — light therapy — in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option.

The researchers conducted a pilot experiment to see whether exposure to bright light, a technique used to treat those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression, might also work on women suffering from depression during pregnancy