Journal article

Antidepressant exposure in pregnancy and child sensorimotor and visuospatial development.

Megan Galbally, Stuart J Watson, Olav Spigset, Philip Boyce, Tim F Oberlander, Andrew J Lewis

J Psychiatr Res | Published : 2020


Motor development underlies many aspects of education and learning. There has been uncertainty about the impact of exposure of antidepressant medication in pregnancy on child motor outcomes. This paper examines whether exposure to antidepressants in utero increases the risk of poorer motor development in two areas: sensorimotor and visuospatial processing. Data were obtained from 195 women and children across 3 groups: women with untreated depression in pregnancy, women treated with antidepressants and control women. Data were collected across pregnancy, postpartum and until 4 years for mother and child. Maternal depression was established at baseline with the Structured Clinical Interview f..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council