Study Evaluates Tools to Prevent Depression During Pregnancy

UT Southwestern is seeking patient referrals of women with a history of depression who are planning to become pregnant, or who are newly pregnant. Eligible patients must have experienced at least one episode of Major Depressive Disorder in their life, but must not be currently depressed.

The patients are needed as part of a study UT Southwestern researchers are conducting on perinatal depression, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. The study is looking toward developing preventive measures for conceiving or recently pregnant women at risk for depressive relapse and recurrence.

Patients will receive diagnostic evaluation and regular Internet-based monitoring of their depressive symptoms. In addition, half will receive Preventive Cognitive Therapy, a treatment that’s designed to reduce the chance that depression will return.

To refer or for more information, contact:
Psychosocial Research & Depression Clinic
Department of Psychiatry