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Jul 30, 2019

WCP-2019

PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH: LABELS AND STIGMAS

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pregnancy

lactation

labels

stigma

self-stigma

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pregnancy

lactation

labels

stigma

self-stigma

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PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH: LABELS AND STIGMAS Objectives: To break with the paradigm of stigmatizing pregnant/puerperal women with comorbid psychiatric disorders, the psychiatrists who treat them and the psychotropic medication they are prescribed. Background and aims: Derogative labels can significantly affect feelings of shame and the patient´s self-esteem. Lack of psychiatric treatment may eventually lead to fetal and neonatal harm, and these to infant and adolescent cognitive and/or behavioral problems which might ultimately evolve into psychological/psychiatric disorders in the adulthood. Materials and Methods: A retrospective, longitudinal review of a small case series of pregnant/puerperal women who consulted between 2017-2019 to the author´s medical office and required psycopharmacological treatment. Patients who signed a written informed consent and completed the post hoc questionnaire and interview were included (n=50). Results: Mental health stigma during pregnancy and lactation is caused by fear, ignorance, prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards the patient as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given, towards the psychiatrist, or even to psychotropic drugs due to the false belief they are all teratogenic and cause abortions or stillbirths. Perceived stigma or self-stigma is the internalizing by the mental health sufferer of their perceptions of discrimination. Conclusion: Even nowadays pregnant/puerperal women with comorbid mental health disorders, psychiatrists and psychotropic drugs are degraded and defamed by society. It is essential to change this conception because there is no health without psychic well-being, and many times psychiatric illness requires treatment by psychotropic drugs.

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