Understanding and Treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)

Presented by Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C on 12-06-2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

The term “perinatal” encompasses all aspects related to bearing children, including pregnancy, the year following the birth of a child, and sometimes even the journey to conceive, all of which can bring about stress and complications that may contribute to mood and anxiety disorders. Perinatal depression, the more well-known of the perinatal mental health disorders, affects one in five women during pregnancy and one in seven women postpartum; however, over 50% of women on antidepressants are still symptomatic due to suboptimal treatment.

Less well-known perinatal mental health disorders include perinatal anxiety, OCD, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar, and psychosis. These conditions are often vastly misunderstood and not well represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Also often unrecognized is the fact that perinatal mood and anxiety conditions can also affect men. Over 86% of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are undiagnosed, leaving families to suffer in silence due to disorders that are easily treatable.

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C will provide an overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Megan will review symptoms, statistics, and risk factors for each diagnosis. She will also shed light on how these disorders often go undiagnosed or undertreated, and she will discuss proper interventions, demonstrating how treating perinatal disorders may look different compared to treating non-perinatal mental health disorders. She will give insight into how providers can better screen for these disorders and will introduce several resources for families impacted by PMADs.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the mental health disorders that can occur during and following pregnancy.
  2. Recognize that perinatal mental health disorders are often overlooked, misdiagnosed and undertreated, even within the medical field.
  3. Describe various symptoms and differentiate between perinatal mental health disorders, especially those that are often misdiagnosed or misunderstood.
  4. Analyze the various factors that may contribute to or pose risk for perinatal mental health disorders
  5. Explain how to best support clients who are experiencing perinatal mental health disorders.
  6. Critique myths and concerns regarding the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  7. Compile information regarding proper referrals, support, and adjunctive services for families impacted by perinatal mental health disorders.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on research and trainings conducted by Postpartum Support International and are meant to bring awareness to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Further training, consultation, or adjunctive services are advised when working with this population. For training opportunities and information on perinatal mental health provider certification please visit www.postpartum.net.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written articles related to the content of this program.

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Reference:

  1. Gunyon-Meyer, B., Cole, J., Tremayne, L, & Standeven, L. (2018). Perinatal mood disorders: Components of care [Training manual]. Retrieved from Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training.

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2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety.

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Meet the Presenter

Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C

Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C

Megan MacCutcheon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Vienna, Virginia. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults, helping them to achieve a better quality of life by confronting issues of depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem.

Megan is also a Certified Perinatal Mental Health practitioner and works with families who are impacted by mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and following childbirth. She also specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual abuse and is trained in EMDR.

Megan leads workshops and has written books on the topic of building self-esteem. She also contributes articles to the GoodTherapy blog. For more information about Megan and her work, please visit www.meganmaccutcheon.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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