I was offline yesterday. Can you believe that? Missed you terribly. I was going through blog withdrawal. But today I'm back!

I've decided today will be a research day and I'll share some bits of research that have recently come out about postpartum depression and related perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

First, a study was just published in the journal Depression and Anxiety on the impact of psychotropic drugs taken prenatally on infants' cognitive development. The study involved analyzing data from 41 other studies conducted over the last 50 years. It found that SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants did not seem to interfere with babies' psychological and cognitive development. It also found there wasn't enough data on newer drugs like antipsychotics yet, and that the data showed women should be strongly discouraged from taking valproate (Depacon) during pregnancy.

Asmall study out in the journal Bipolar Disorders finds that some women diagnosed with postpartum depression whose treatment with antidepressants is unsucessful may actually have bipolar disorder and require treatment with antipsychotic medication for successful recovery.

A study published in the Archives of Women's Mental Health provides "…the first large sample evidence that PPD is associated with the report of [previous or current] sexual or physical abuse."

A study in Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology finds that adolescent mothers have a high risk for getting postpartum depression.

And one final interesting tidbit:A study in the journal Birth finds that reality TV programs in the United States "do not give women an accurate portrayal of how women typically experience birth in the United States, nor are the shows consistent with evidence-based maternity practices." In particular, the study's authors state that "women's bodies were typically displayed as incapable of birthing a baby without medical intervention." Very interesting.The shows they reviewed are those appearing on Discovery Health and The Learning Channel — those baby shows that are widely watched by pregnant women.