María Graciela Rojas Castillo

Graciela Rojas, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile, Santiago. She is also the Deputy Director and prior to that was the Director of the Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Chile for eight years. She has been working in different research projects for 20 years and has participated in a series of intervention trials to improve the treatment of depression in primary care in her country. In 2002 she has been awarded a large grant to carry out the first randomized clinical trial of the treatment of postnatal depression in Latin America. Now she is a Principal Investigator in a randomized clinical trial with the objective to compare the effectiveness of a telemedicine-based collaborative program with usual care in rural primary care clinics. She participated in the Regional Network for Mental Health Research in Latin America funded by the NIMH, and is also member of several important Training committees such as the Doctor of Public Health Program.

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This book presents ten chapters that give us important information about epidemiological, biological, clinical and psychological aspects of common mental disorders during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Some of the issues covered in this book are: detecting postnatal depression using different instruments at the right time, which is very important to avoid the negative effects on the children of depressed mothers; understanding the impact of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the postnatal period; biological issues of perinatal anxiety and depression; epidemiological information about perinatal mental health problems among minorities, like immigrant population and underserved rural women. Some information is also provided on postnatal depression in men, which is frequently overlooked.

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