FDA-approved treatment for postpartum depression isn’t cheap


IT TARGETS BRAIN RECEPTORS TO
REBALANCE THE HORMONES THAT
SPIKE DURING PREGNANCY, AND
PLUMMET AFTER BIRTH. AMY LEE JUST GAVE BIRTH TO HER
FIRST CHILD, A HEALTHY BOY NAMED
OLIVER.>>SUPER EXCITED TO BE A NEW
MOM, BUT I AM ALSO NERVOUS
BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT
OF CHANGES COMING UP IN MY LIFE. I DON’T KNOW IT EXACTLY IF I AM
READY FOR ALL OF THEM, BUT WE
WILL SOON FIND OUT. CYNTHIA: AMY IS NOW THRILLED TO
HOLD HER BABY, BUT FOR ONE OUT
OF NINE NEW MOMS, HAPPINESS
TURNS INTO HOPELESSNESS. AN ESTIMATED 400,000 WOMEN
SUFFER FROM POST PARTUM
DEPRESSION.>>DIFFICULTY INTERACTING
NORMALLY WITH OTHER PEOPLE,
CRYING ALL THE TIME, JUST
GENERALLY UNHAPPY. CYNTHIA: DR. NEIL MANDSAGER AT
MERCY ONE SAYS THE NEW TREATMENT
IS NOT AS EASY AS POPPING A PILL
AND NOT FOR EVERYONE. IT INVOLVES A THREE NIGHT
HOSPITAL STAY.>>I — IT IS AN INTRAVENOUS
MEDICATION THAT IS GIVEN OVER A
60 HOUR PERIOD, MONITORED IN A
HOSPITAL SETTING. IT IS A PRETTY INTENSE
TREATMENT. CYNTHIA: BUT FOR THOSE WITH
SEVERE DEPRESSION OR SUICIDAL
THOUGHTS, ZULRESSO CAN NOW
PROVIDE RELIEF.>>IT IS JUST ALL OF THE THE
STRESS OF HAVING A NEW BABY,
GETTING THINGS FIGURED OUT. CYNTHIA: IT IS A LITTLE
OVERWHELMING.>>YES. CYNTHIA: MERCY ONE ACTIVELY
SCREENS FOR POST PARTUM
DEPRESSION. 31 NEW MOMS HERE TODAY ARE
LEARNING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR
BABY, AS WELL AS THEMSELVE

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