Psychiatr. Pol. 2015; 49(1): 49–56
Łukasz Müldner-Nieckowski, Katarzyna Cyranka, Bogna Smiatek-Mazgaj,
Michał Mielimąka, Jerzy A. Sobański, Krzysztof Rutkowski
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Psychoterapia ciężarnych kobiet cierpiących na zaburzenia psychiczne
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Psychotherapy for pregnant women with psychiatric disorders
Pregnancy is a major life change for many women. The related biological changes, especially complications in its course and in the course of delivery, carry a risk of developing a variety of psychological problems and mental disorders. However, their treatment is challenging due to the teratogenic effects of most psychoactive drugs and specific requirements for entering different psychotherapeutic programs. Mental disorders during pregnancy are undoubtedly an important issue for both gynecology and psychiatry. There is still a discussion considering the question whether psychotherapy during pregnancy is safe, although no scientifically valid data contradicting the safety of psychotherapy during pregnancy has been published so far. Together with psychotherapy – as a treatment of choice – clinicians approve some other relatively safe treatment methods for psychiatric disorders in pregnant women. Light therapy, limited pharmacotherapy, ECT are included. The goal of this paper is to review current opinions of clinicians and researches concerning possibilities, indications and outcome of psychological treatments as a way to help pregnant women who suffer from different psychiatric conditions, and also because this subject is not yet present in Polish psychiatric journals.