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Added Stress to Motherhood?

Added Stress to Motherhood?

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A study of HIV-positive women receiving prenatal care at a Philadelphia clinic has shown that nearly 60% exhibited signs of depression. Using the Beck Depression Inventory, a standard screening tool, the researchers found that 58% of the women had one or more symptoms. Previous estimates of depression among nonpregnant HIV-positive women are 18% to 19%. Although the researchers aren't sure why depression might be more common among pregnant HIVers, they did note that sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse could be contributing factors. They also recommended that prenatal care should include depression screenings and treatment, since untreated mental illness can lead to poor adherence to taking antiretroviral medications.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.