Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program specializes in mood and anxiety disorders that occur during pregnancy and postpartum. The program is directed by Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody. The mission is to provide state-of-the-art clinical care, research, and support groups to address the needs of women during this vulnerable time.
The newly renovated free-standing Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit will provide specialized treatment and address the needs of women suffering with these serious mood conditions during pregnancy or postpartum.
The Menstrually Related Mood Disorders Program is directed by Dr. David R. Rubinow, Chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry. Patients are offered assessment, treatment, including psychotherapy and hormone replacement therapy for women with mood disorders and hormonal disturbances surrounding menopause or their monthly cycle.
Women's Mood Disorders Psychotherapy
We offer evidence-based psychotherapy for the treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) has been tested in antepartum and postpartum women and found to be effective in treating depression related to grief and loss, interpersonal conflicts, role transitions, and emotional sensitivity. Partner-Assisted Therapy is unique to our facilities and involves the woman’s spouse, partner, or significant support person in the treatment with the aim of expanding therapeutic techniques to the home environment. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is effective in protecting individuals with a history of depression from relapse, and takes place in a group setting.