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This book focuses on recent advances in research and practical recommendations regarding the use of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy and lactation, two important social and psychological life events for women. In addition to the social context, including the addition of a new family member, many women experience the occurrence or recurrence of psychiatric disorders during the perinatal period. Psychiatric disorders during this period can have negative effects on the fetus, infant and other children in the family, and can result in functional impairment among mothers. The book offers a comprehensive overview of psychopharmacological treatments for nearly all specific psychiatric conditions (e.g. bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder) and includes chapters on clinical approaches to treating these disorders. As such, it will appeal to a wide readership, including psychiatrists, obstetricians, gynecologists and pediatricians.
Faruk Uguz is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the Necmettin Erbakan University, Meram Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey. He received his Medical Degree from the Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey and completed his residency training at Selcuk University, Meram Faculty of Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board of several psychiatric journals such as the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Case Reports in Psychiatry, and Annals of Depression and Anxiety.Laura Orsolini is a M.D., Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Research Assistant at the Psychopharmacology Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, Department of Psychopharmacology, University of Hertfordshire, UK. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Pavia, Italy. She completed her training at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy and subsequently at the Department of Psychopharmacology, University of Hertfordshire as research assistant. She also holds a Master's degree in Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry from the University of San Marino, Republic of San Marino. Her research interests focus on perinatal mental health, addictions, and eating disorders.