Author | Rachel Lipson Glick, MD

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Improving Care Through Cultural Awareness

November 01, 2006

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All clinicians know that culture influences virtually every aspect of a person's life. Sometimes the influence of culture is obvious; other times it is subtle. In either case, culture as a clinical variable is often overlooked. Being cognizant of the influence of culture is especially important for clinicians who manage psychiatric emergencies, because failing to do so can lead to misdiagnosis and delays in treatment.

Fostering Careful Peripartum Care

November 01, 2005

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Pregnancy and new motherhood are considered happy and hopeful times. Bad outcomes, such as miscarriages and stillbirths, occur, however, and even with good outcomes, psychiatric disorders can present or worsen at this time. The incidence of depression in women during pregnancy is about the same as that for matched controls, and because depression is common in all women, this is a significant public health issue. More than 10% of women with panic disorder describe first symptoms as occurring around pregnancy, and there is evidence that pregnancy exacerbates psychotic disorders. Within a few days of giving birth, 25% to 75% of new mothers experience emotional lability, or the "baby blues," and 10% to 20% of new mothers experience postpartum depression. The peripartum is thus a time of great joy potentially complicated by the entire range of psychiatric illness.

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