I have expertise in the treatment of psychiatric needs specific to women including:
- Premenstrual mood changes. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual mood disorder (PMDD), and premenstrual exacerbation (PME) or worsening of mood symptoms due to another psychiatric disorder preceding menstruation.
- Fertility and mental health. Psychiatric treatment around the time of conception, and the interplay between psychological distress and infertility.
- Psychiatric disorders during pregnancy. Psychiatric symptoms often worsen during pregnancy. Today, we have extensive knowledge of the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy, as well as the risks of untreated mental illness during pregnancy.
- Postpartum period. The postpartum period often brings mood changes, along with the normal stress of raising a newborn. Maternal psychological health is important for the welfare of the mother, the infant and the mother-child relationship. I offer guidance on choosing medications that are safe to use during breastfeeding.