Cuyahoga County’s stand out maternal depression program recently received well-deserved praise at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2021 virtual conference.
Director of Applied Clinical Sciences and Research Brittany Pope was invited to give a 15-minute flash talk, titled “Are We All Mad Here? Anger As an Important Symptom of Maternal Depression,” focusing on the importance of other symptoms such as anger in women experiencing maternal depression. Pope and her team found that anger symptoms improved significantly more than depression and anxiety symptoms in mothers receiving psychotherapy for maternal depression.
This suggests that psychotherapy programs could continue to push to incorporate physiological and social determinants of health when addressing maternal depression to better and more holistically support mothers.
This is an excellent example of how clinical success leads to research and innovation, as well as an excellent example of interdepartmental collaboration at OhioGuidestone that continues to positively impact client lives as well as the field of mental health.