Antidepressants, pregnancy, and stigma

Lauren M. Osborne, Jennifer Payne

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There is considerable public debate over the use of antidepressants in pregnancy. In this article, we offer a commentary on Gail Robinson's important overview of the current controversies. Dr Ronbinson gives a thorough review of the literature, including the risks posed by both antidepressants and depression itself.We summarize her arguments and point out that, in the public conversation, the risks posed to a fetus from antidepressants are consistently overestimated while the risks of untreated depression are consistently underestimated because of the pervasive stigma against mental health. We review recent lay media analyses and urge our fellow physicians to make decisions about prescribing in pregnancy on the basis of evidence and individual patient needs rather than media and stigma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-166
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 12 2015


  • Pregnancy
  • SSRIs
  • antidepressants
  • depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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