Tag Archives: Perinatal Anxiety

UNC Study to analyze CBT for Perinatal Anxiety Treatment

Researchers at UNC are initiating a study to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for treatment of Perinatal Anxiety. You can read more about the study here.

All participants in the six-week study will receive helpful childbirth counseling as part of free weekly prenatal classes. Half of the participants will receive elements of CBT as well. Those who complete the study will also receive a modest fee at the end.

First-time pregnant women over the age of 18, and their partners, can learn more and complete a screening questionnaire online at www.babyprepstudy.com.

The Anxiety Disorder Clinic is part of UNC’s psychology department. In addition to engaging in studies, the department’s clinics provide low-cost therapy services to adults and children on a sliding-fee scale. They can be reached at (919) 962-6906.

Perinatal Depression in Singapore

Ok, so what’s that got to do with us here in the States? A lot, actually. While we’ve still got a lot further to go to remove stigma, the article I just read about Perinatal Depression & Anxiety in Singapore stunned me.

According to the article, those who seek help are increasing in number but the number willing to receive treatment is still low.

Of those screened, 600 had registered a high positive and 450 a low positive for perinatal depression. However, only 100 of the 1,050 women agreed to see a case manager for counselling or further advice. Of this 100, 30 sought psychiatric help.

Wow.

That’s 2.8% of positively screened patients actually seeking and receiving treatment. And that’s an improvment?