Kara E Driscoll Feinberg School of Medicine, Feinberg Clinical, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Kara E Driscoll

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Anxiety Disorders, Maternal-Child Health, Mood Disorders, Psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness, Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in psychiatry pharmacotherapy in psychiatry, Women's Health; Women's Reproductive Health

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Pregnancy in the severely mentally ill patient as an opportunity for global coordination of care

Rocio Acera Pozzi; Lynn M. Yee; Kara Brown; Kara E. Driscoll; Priya V. Rajan

(Profiled Authors: Priya Varadha Rajan; Kara E Driscoll)

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014;210(1):32-37.


Although obstetricians commonly care for pregnant patients with psychiatric disorders, little has been written about the implications of managing a pregnancy during a prolonged psychiatric hospitalization for severe mental illness. Multidisciplinary care may optimize obstetric and psychiatric outcomes. We describe a severely mentally ill patient at 27 weeks' gestation (G1P0) who was admitted after a suicide attempt. She exhibited intermittently worsening depression and anxiety throughout a 2-month inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, during which her psychiatric and obstetric providers collaborated regarding her care. We review recommendations for antepartum and intrapartum treatment of the acutely suicidal and severely mentally ill patient and, in particular, the evidence that a multidisciplinary coordinated approach to planning can maximize patient physical and mental health and facilitate preparedness for delivery. © 2014 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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