Creating Comfort in Choice Theory: Animated Video
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for our video in the 2023 IHDCYH Talks contest! Stay tuned for results in February 2024.
It describes the personal journey women take in deciding whether or not to take antidepressant medication during pregnancy. It is created in the hopes that others can understand the complexities of making such a decision, while navigating internal and external influences.
Creating Comfort in Choice Theory
My doctoral work focused on how we can better support women who are trying to decide whether to take antidepressants during pregnancy. I did this through two studies.
In one, I interviewed 31 women about their experience of deciding whether to take antidepressants during pregnancy and then developed a theoretical model of decision making from women’s stories. In the other, I did genetic testing for 83 women who were taking antidepressants during pregnancy, and compared levels of depression symptoms for women grouped by variations they had in two genes that are responsible for enzymes that are involved in metabolizing antidepressants.
My research can be used by clinicians and patients to support decisions regarding depression treatment during pregnancy.
Genetic Testing Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34231053/
Development of the Creating Comfort in Choice theory: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23293691.2023.2230463
Dr. Catriona Hippman's Doctoral Dissertation: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/74374