Doctors: Moms suffering from postpartum depression can seek help


STORY, SAYING IF SHE COMMENTED IT WOULD MAKE THINGS WORSE. SHEREE: AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THIS CASE IS OPENING UP THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND NEW MOMS. DOCTORS SAY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR NEW MOTHERS WHO MAY BE SUFFERING TO KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE. WLWT NEWS 5’S KRISTY DAVIS LOOKS AT WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES TO PUSH PAST THE STIGMA AND GET HELP. I WOULD TELL MY PARENTS, OKAY THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH, I NEED HELP. SHEREE: IT TOOK TIME FOR THIS WOMAN TO RECOGNIZE SOMETHING WAS WRONG AFTER HER SON WAS BORN. IT STARTED WHEN HIS CRIES BECAME OVERWHELMING. AND THEN ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MONTHS AFTER HE WAS BORN I WOULD GET THESE FEELINGS OF, OKAY IF I PUT MY HAND ON HIS MOUTH THEN I CAN GET HIM TO STOP CRYING AND THEN I CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT I NEED TO DO. SHEREE: SHE TOLD HER FAMILY AND HER SON’S PEDIATRICIAN WHO SUGGESTED PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR THE FEELINGS. A THERAPIST NOT ONLY DIAGNOSED WER WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSION BUT RECOGNIZED SHE SUFFERED FROM ANXIETY AND CLINICAL DEPRESSION BEFORE HER PREGNANCY MAKING PPD MORE LIKELY. IT’S JUST ONE WARNING SIGN. OTHERS INCLUDE SLEEP DISORDERS, LACK OF INTEREST IN YOURSELF OR ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY OR THOUGHTS OF HARMING YOURSELF OR YOUR BABY. THIS DOCTOR SAYS THE BABY BLUES ARE COMMON AND MANY WOMEN WILL EVEN EXPERIENCE PPD. POST PAR TUPL PSYCHOSIS IS LESS COMMON, SILL IT’S VERY SERIOUS. THE RATE OF INJURY TO FAMILY MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE INFANT CAN BE AS HIGH AS 3%, SO IT ISN’T RARE. SHEREE: FOR MOST PARTUM SIGH SO CUSS THERE ARE A LOT OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE. WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER CONDITIONS POST PARTUM DEPRESSION AND BLUES THAT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND HELP. BUT THERE ARE STILL RESOURCES. MOST HOSPITALS CAN POINT YOU TOWARDS THOSE RESOURCES. THE RESOURCES ARE OUR MAJOR ISSUE, BECAUSE WITH GOOD INTERVENTION, GOOD TREATMENT FROM MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS THESE THINGS, MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE. MEDICATION AND PROFESSIONAL THERAPY WORKED FOR THIS WOMAN. EVEN AFTER FINDING THE RIGHT TREATMENT IT TOOK YEARS TO REGAIN CUSTODY OF HER NOW TEN-YEAR-OLD SON. IF I HADN’T TOLD THE PEDIATRICIAN WHO KNOWS I WOULD HAVE ACTED OUT ON THE FEELINGS I HAD FOR MY SON. IF YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG, IF YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD NOT BE HAVING THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS YOU’RE HAVING, GET HELP. SHEREE: AND THAT WAS KRISTY DAVIS REPORTING FOR US TONIGHT. THAT MOTHER SO BRAVE TO SHARE HER STORY WITH US TODAY. MANY SYMPTOMS OF POST PARTUM DEPRESSION AND PSYCHOSIS CAN

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