Here is my latest medical publication for the nerds out there! I discuss a new perspective on postpartum depression and the importance of bringing treatment of out of the one-size-fits-all antidepressant closet and into the bright light of inflammatory models of illness. Here is the abstract:
Understanding of underlying risk, predisposing factors and effective treatments with high-safety profile for breastfeeding mothers with postpartum depression continues to evolve. As investigation into neuroinflammatory models of depression becomes more the focus of mainstream medicine, research into pathological patterns of immune adaptation in late pregnancy and postpartum has begun to emerge in the literature. Alternatives to medication are highly sought after by this patient population, and natural agents such as probiotics, melatonin and tryptophan, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, curcumin and behavioural interventions such as dietary modification, exercise, mindfulness meditation, and cranial electrical stimulation present appealing considerations. Inflammatory lifestyle factors, appropriate diagnostics and environmental modification are addressed. This article discusses neuroinflammatory models of postpartum depression.