Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Acupuncture and Massage for Depression During Pregnancy

Rachel Manber, PhD, Principal Investigator

Depression During Pregnancy

Depression is, unfortunately, as common during pregnancy as it is during other periods of our life. Treating depression during pregnancy is important because when not treated, depression during pregnancy increases the risks for:

Why study alternative treatments during pregnancy?

Many women are reluctant to take antidepressant medications during pregnancy and have limited access to psychotherapy. Pilot research indicates that the treatments provided in this study might be helpful for reducing depressive symptoms.

What are symptoms of depression

Participants in the study

Eligible participate in the study will receive at least 12 sessions of free acupuncture or massage over a period of 8 weeks. Depending on the response to the treatment, participants may continue to receive weekly sessions until 10 weeks post delivery.

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Federally funded by:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Study is conducted at:

Stanford Treatment Research Center (STRC), Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Recruiting through 2007

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