Hypertension in Pregnancy 50% More Likely With SSRIs

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Researchers in Montreal found in a sample of 1,216 pregnant women that those who used antidepressants were at least 50% more likely to experience high blood pressure. The study will appear in an upcoming British Journal of Pharmacology, which notes in a press release that antidepressants are one of the most commonly used medications during pregnancy. “Pregnancy induced hypertension is a serious condition that can directly affect the mother and her unborn baby,” the release goes on to say.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]