Ozarks Tonight: First Postpartum Depression Drug Released


Jennifer: ONE IN NINE WOMEN SUFFER FROM POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION IN THE U.S. TO ITS ESTIMATED THAT EVERY YEAR MORE THAN 100,000 BABIES ARE BORN TO MOMS WHO ARE DEPRESSED. THE FDA APPROVED THE DRUG TO TREAT POZ DEPRESSION. THIS IS THE FIRST DRUG THAT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TREAT THIS ILLNESS. IT WILL BE ADMINISTERED THROUGH IV AND IS SAID TO WORK WITH AND HOURS. BUT IT IS STILL A NEW DRUG AND LEARN ABOUT POZ DEPRESSION, A DOCTOR FROM COX HEALTH IS HERE. LET’S TALK ABOUT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION ITSELF. ONE IN 9 WOMEN. THAT STARTED ME. I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS THIS COMMON. IT IS. ONE IN NINE IS TRUE. IS EVEN HIGHER THAN THAT IF YOU CONSIDER POSTPARTUM BLUES, WHICH IS KIND OF A MILDER FORM OF DEPRESSION THAT AFFECTS ALMOST HALF OF WOMEN WITHIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF HAVING A BABY. Jennifer: THAT IS WHAT WE OFTEN CALL BABY BLUES, RIGHT? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. Jennifer: CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE? HOW CAN WE TELL IF A NEW MOM HAS THE BABY BLUES OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS LIKE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION? THE BABY BLUES, A TYPICAL NEW MOTHER, BECAUSE THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS THAT SHE MAY HAVE HAD, AND THEN DEALING WITH A NEWBORN BABY, AND THEN THE LACK OF SLEEP, AND THE HORMONAL CHANGES THAT WILL LONG OFTENTIMES CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD. AND THAT CAN RESULT IN ANXIETY AND CRYING AND LOSS OF SLEEP. AND THOSE THINGS ARE ACTUALLY FAIRLY COMMON DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS BUT IF THEY PERSIST LONGER THAN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, THEN WE WOULD CONSIDER SOMEBODY AT RISK. AND THEN, THE PAYING OF THE SITUATION AT HOME, CERTAINLY A MOTHER WHO IS SINGLE, A DIFFICULT PREGNANCY THAT HAS HAD, APPLICATION, OR A BABY THAT MAY BE IN HOSPITAL, AND INFANT CARE UNIT, THESE ARE CERTAINLY THINGS THAT COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. EXPERIENCE CAN CERTAINLY BE EXPECTED. NURSING SEEM TO BE HELPFUL IN REGARDS TO HELPING WITH THAT BONDING. SO JUST TO IMPACT THE MOTHER’S OVERALL HEALTH, BECAUSE IF SHE’S NOT SLEEPING WELL, IF SHE’S NOT ABLE TO CARE FOR HERSELF WELL, IF SHE’S UNABLE TO EAT, IF SHE’S UNABLE TO GET UP AND AROUND, SHE’S NOT GOING TO HAVE A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT BABY, EITHER. Jennifer: AND HOW IS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TREATED RIGHT NOW. POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION IS DEPENDENT UPON THE PERSON THEMSELVES. FOR INSTANCE, IS VERY COMMON RIGHT NOW THAT WE DO A SCREENING PROCESS FOR MOTHERS DURING THE PREGNANCY AS WELL AS IN THE POSTPARTUM STATE TO TRY TO IDENTIFY THOSE MOTHER THAT MIGHT HAVE POZ DEPRESSION, AND DEEPENING UPON THE MEDICATION, SOME MOTHERS ARE MORE INCLINED TO JUST WHAT TO TAKE MORE TIME TO TALK WITH THEIR FAMILY, WORK THINGS OUT CALL SOME REALLY DO NEED ACTUAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO HELP, SO CANCELING SOMETIMES IS HELPFUL. AND THEIR TIMES OF MEDICATIONS TO BE HELPFUL ALSO BUT IT’S A VERY INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCE FOR EACH PERSON. Jennifer: THIS NEW DRUG THE FIRST OF ITS KIND THAT IS HOURS, A 60 HOUR TREATMENT THROUGH IV. BUT WOMEN TREATED REPORTED FEELING BETTER WITHIN HOURS. I MEAN, WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THIS NEW DRUG? I THINK THIS DRUG HAS POTENTIAL. I THINK THAT IT’S GOING TO APPLY TO A SMALLER SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION THAT HAS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, SO DUE TO ITS COST, IS NOT GOING TO BE FOR EVERYBODY. AND I REALLY THINK IT’S GOING TO BE FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT MAY BE TO NOT LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE MORE ENTRY-LEVEL MEDICATIONS THAT WE MIGHT USE. AND FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SEVERE DEPRESSION WITH MEDICATION, IT MAY BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO THEM. $20-$30,000 PER TREATMENT IS NOT THE ENTERPRISE PER CHANGES SAID, IF WE HAVE A SMALL POPULATION, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THIS TO DO YOU THINK YES, I THINK IT WILL BE SOMEWHAT DEPENDENT ON INTEREST AND WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO COVER IT. THERE ARE CERTAIN GUIDELINES THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN FOR IT CAN BE USED FOR, I HOPE THAT DOWN THE LINE WE HAVE PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE THAT WORK CRICKET, BECAUSE TYPICALLY MOST OF THE MEDICATION THAT WE MAY USE FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TAKE ABOUT 4 WEEKS.AND SO IF SOMEBODY COMES IN AND THEY HAVE HAD A HISTORY OF POZ DEPRESSION, ESPECIALLY IF THEY BEEN MEDICATIONS BEFORE, IT IS VERY HELPFUL THAT THEY SHARE THAT WITH THEIR OBSTETRICIAN, BECAUSE IT MAY BE VERY KEEN TO BE PROACTIVE IN CONSIDER INITIATING TREATMENT BEFORE THERE’S A PROBLEM. ALSO ALONG THE LINES OF MEDICATION, IF A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF IGNORANT AND SHE IS ON MEDICATION, PLEASE TALK TO SHE NEEDS TO REALLY TALK TO HER OBSTETRICIAN ABOUT WHETHER SHE SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT CONTINUE THAT MEDICATION. DON’T STOP THE MEDICATION JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE HEARD THAT MAYBE IT’S NOT GOOD FOR THE BABY, BECAUSE STOPPING MEDICATION AND SUFFERING FROM MEDICATION CAN BE FAR MORE IMPACTFUL THAN ANY EFFECTS OF MEDICATION ON THE BABY TRIGGER DOCUMENT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT INFORMATION WITH US. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. Jennifer: YOU CAN LISTEN TO OUR ENTIRE CONVERSATION ON THE PODCAST.

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