BBC One’s Panorama documentary, ‘The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy', broadcast Monday 1 July, explored the connection between the use of SSRIs and other antidepressants by pregnant women and the risk of a child being born with a heart defect.
Mind would like to offer the below advice to anyone who watched the documentary who may be concerned about their mental health and the medication they may be taking.
Bridget O’Connell, Head of Information at Mind, said:
"If you are taking medication to help manage a mental health problem and are planning to become or are pregnant, we would recommend that you talk to a trusted health professional if you’re concerned about the impact on your health or the health of your baby.
It’s important to remember that medication has different effects on each and every person so we would recommend consulting with a professional, such as a GP, who knows the most about your individual case."
Mind provides a wealth of information about SSRIs and other antidepressants that tells you how antidepressants work, what side effects you may experience, the impact of coming off medication, and other treatments for mild or moderate depression.
Mind also has a separate information booklet about coming off psychiatric medication. If you have any further concerns or queries, please call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393, open from 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday.