Psychopharmacology and Pregnancy

Treatment Efficacy, Risks, and Guidelines

  • Megan Galbally
  • Martien Snellen
  • Andrew Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Megan Galbally, Andrew J. Lewis, Martien Snellen
    Pages 1-4
  3. Martien Snellen, Geoff Thompson, Neill Murdoch
    Pages 5-17
  4. Alison K. Shea, Tuan-Anh Thi Nguyen, Ursula Brain, Dan Rurak, Tim F. Oberlander
    Pages 33-46
  5. Philip Boyce, Megan Galbally, Martien Snellen, Anne Buist
    Pages 67-85
  6. Martien Snellen, Gin S. Malhi
    Pages 103-117
  7. Kathryn M. Abel, Katie Au, Louise M. Howard
    Pages 119-138
  8. Veerle Bergink, Steven A. Kushner
    Pages 139-149
  9. Gaynor Blankley, Josephine Power, Andrew Chanen
    Pages 151-168
  10. Laura Brandt, Anna K. Leifheit, Loretta P. Finnegan, Gabriele Fischer
    Pages 169-195
  11. Raju Lakshmana, Richard Hiscock, Megan Galbally, Alison Fung, Susan Walker, Gaynor Blankley et al.
    Pages 209-223
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


This book examines the role of psychopharmacological treatment in a range of disorders that may be encountered during pregnancy, including major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and substance abuse. The natural history of each condition pre- and post-partum is analyzed, and the evidence for the efficacy of drug treatments, evaluated. Special attention is paid to the potential dangers of different treatment options for both mother and fetus, covering risks of malformation, pregnancy and obstetric risks, neonatal risks, and possible long-term consequences. The risks of not treating a particular condition are also analyzed. On the basis of the available evidence, management guidelines are provided that additionally take into account non-pharmacological options. Closing chapters consider the value of complementary and alternative medicine and ECT and explore future research directions.


Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy Bipolar Affective Disorder in Pregnancy Major Depressive Disorders in Pregnancy Medication Safety Perinatal Mental health Perinatal Psychiatry Physiological Changes in Pregnancy Psychiatric Disorders Psychopharmacological treatment in Pregnancy Psychopharmacology Psychopharmacology in Pregnancy

Editors and affiliations

  • Megan Galbally
    • 1
  • Martien Snellen
    • 2
  • Andrew Lewis
    • 3
  1. 1.Perinatal Mental HealthMercy Hospital for WomenHeidelbergAustralia
  2. 2.Perinatal Mental HealthMercy Hospital for WomenHeidelbergAustralia
  3. 3.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityVictoriaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54561-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54562-7
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