APA Blog

Category : Maureen Sayres Van Niel, M.D.

Pregnancy-Related Depression

Over the past few decades, a robust national conversation has been taking place about postpartum depression. We have paid less attention, however, to another equally important time when a woman is also more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders: pregnancy. A significant percentage of women—one out of seven to 10—will develop pregnancy-associated depression, with a slightly higher incidence in women from lower socioeconomic groups.

The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault

A sexual assault experienced by either you or a loved one can evoke a variety of reactions. To avoid confusion about what can be called a sexual assault, the U.S. Justice Department recently defined it as any sexual act you do not consent to, “including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.”