Psych Med Prescribing After Perinatal/Neonatal Death

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Research from MIA blogger Jeffrey Lacasse finds that “at present, there exists no rigorous evidence to support the prescription of Ads (antidepressants) in bereavement. Yet, it is common for ADs to be prescribed off-label for con- ditions that do not have supporting RCT evidence.” Most bereaved parents prescribed psychiatric medications in response to perinatal/neonatal death continued to take them long-term.

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Lacasse, J., Cacciatore, J., Prescribing of Psychiatric Medication to Bereaved Parents Following Perinatal/Neonatal Death: An Observational Study. Death Studies. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2013.820229

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Kermit Cole
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]