Antipsychotics appear to pose minimal risk during pregnancy. A new study published in the British Medical Journal has determined that women taking the antipsychotics quetiapine, olanzapine, or risperidone during pregnancy do not have higher rates of complications such as gestational diabetes, preterm birth, or infants with extremely high or low birth weight.
The researchers evaluated 1021 Canadian women who were taking an antipsychotic medication during pregnancy and the results have been quite shockingly wonderful.
“If a practicing clinician encounters an individual currently taking an atypical antipsychotic, who finds out that she is pregnant, [this study suggests] that you would not need to reflexively stop or change their medicine,” according to Zachary Stowe, MD, from the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas.
To read more about this please click here. Many women and men feel that having a mental illness disqualifies them from parenthood. This is unfortunate, because people who have suffered mental illness, when treated, tend to be the best parents. They had a crash course in empathy, compassion, humility and overwhelm before having a child.
For many new parents, all those feelings are unfamiliar, not for people who have struggled with mental illness.As a clinician, what I see again and again is that most of my clients have post traumatic growth because they survived their mental illness. Post traumatic growth is defined as the ability via support to thrive after the trauma of depression or psychosis rather than weakened or traumatized.