Postpartum Depression: treatment opportunities at the UIHC Women's Wellness and Counseling Service
The new study is looking at a web-based treatment program for postpartum depression (up to 1 year postpartum). The program includes 6 lesson modules (1 per week) based on the principles of cognitive-behavior therapy (decreasing negative thoughts and increasing pleasant activities). It also includes information on topics such as increasing social support, communicating with others, and utilizing relaxation techniques. In addition, there is a phone coach component, in which each participant receives a weekly support call from one of us. This study may be appealing to women as it doesn’t require any travel (can be done over the phone/on-line) and it offers $140 for completing all of the portions.
Then just as a reminder, we are continuing to recruit for the Omega-3 study. Women can participate if they are currently experiencing symptoms of depression or if they have a past history of depression. We would follow both groups through the end of their pregnancy with regular mood checks. If women are currently depressed, then they would also receive Omega-3 fish oil supplements.
Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics