The Culture of Treating Latinas with Postpartum Depression: Two Case Reports

  • Laura Sirulnik
  • Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
  • Katherine Leah Wisner
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody


There is growing interest in determining the prevalence of depression among postpartum women in general and among immigrant Spanish-speaking women in particular. Identifying and treating Spanish-speaking women with postpartum depression presents unique challenges as this population possesses unique linguistic and cultural traits that must be considered in order to provide effective care. Here, Dr. Laura Sirulnik, a board certified psychiatrist, shares her perspective and insights on treating Spanish-speaking Latinas in New York City and provides two case reports that illustrate her approach to treatment.


Depressive Symptom Mental Illness Psychotropic Drug Cultural Belief Postpartum Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Sirulnik
    • 1
  • Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
    • 2
  • Katherine Leah Wisner
    • 3
    • 4
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, New York Psychiatric InstituteColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUNC School of MedicineChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive DisordersChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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