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The New Biology of PMDD

In the late 1990s, we were able to demonstrate that PMDD was not a hormone deficiency disorder but rather a hormone sensitivity disorder; i.e., normal levels or changes in reproductive steroids (estrogen and progesterone) triggered the symptoms of PMDD but … Continue reading

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The Role of Sexual Abuse in PMDD

David R. Rubinow, M.D. No one needs to be told that abuse is not good for your health.  Recent studies, however, have revealed a new possible consequence of abuse, namely premenstrual dysphoria [1-4].  Further, it looks like PMDD  not only … Continue reading

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Interview with Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody Check out this interview with Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody on postpartum anxiety and depression!

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UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Highlights of Past Year After the dust settled we admitted our first patient on Aug. 15th, 2011.  Since then have admitted over 115 patients, including  treating patients from Iowa, Washington, DC, Florida and South Carolina and fielding    referrals from … Continue reading

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Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody Interviewed in Huffington Post

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, UNC Chapel Hill Associate Professor and Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, was interviewed in Huffington Post on the cyclical nature of depression and poverty.

Meltzer-Brody explains, “There is a huge economic effect, because if Mom is miserable she is not going to be able to hold a job. Mothers suffer, so kids suffer, and then the next generation repeats the process over again.”

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2011 Women’s Mental Health Conference

The UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders and UNC Eating Disorders Program are partnering to host the 7th annual Women’s Mental Health Conference on November 5, 2011. The theme of this year’s conference is Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan: … Continue reading

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Tackling Postpartum Depression

“Women during pregnancy and postpartum have very unique needs. Pregnancy and delivery and the time in the first few months postpartum is a very special time, and it’s also a very vulnerable time for women … The story of our … Continue reading

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