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Black pregnant individuals frequently experience more than one mental health concern, according to findings published by Susan Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, and colleagues in The Nurse Practitioner. They say prenatal screening and treatment for stress is warranted in addition to care of depression and anxiety. The Nurse Practitioner is part of the Lippincott portfolio of Wolters Kluwer.

“Prenatal interventions for Black people should aim to address mental health distress and treat high depression, anxiety, and stress,” the research group recommends.

Depression, anxiety, and stress are common in Black pregnant people and commonly co-occur

At three U.S. urban clinics, the researchers were involved in determining whether pregnant Black patients were eligible for a trial of cognitive–behavioral therapy tailored to racial/ethnic minority people. At less than 19 weeks of gestation, 452 patients ages 18 to 40 completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the General Anxiety Disorders–7 Scale, and the Perceived Stress Scale.

New research has uncovered alarming disparities, revealing that Black pregnant individuals are at a heightened risk for multiple mental health concerns. This article sheds light on the specific challenges faced by Black expectant mothers, emphasizing the urgency of addressing the intersecting factors that contribute to increased mental health risks during pregnancy.

The study delves into the various mental health concerns faced by Black pregnant individuals, including anxiety, depression, and other related challenges. The findings underscore the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique experiences and stressors contributing to this population’s elevated risk.

In the face of these disparities, it is crucial to prioritize comprehensive mental health support for Black pregnant individuals. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health challenges, RehabNear.Me is here to help. Call us at 855-339-1112, and our compassionate team will provide guidance and connect you with appropriate addiction treatment resources and mental health support tailored to your unique needs. Taking steps towards seeking help can lead to a brighter and healthier future. Reach out today.


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