UNC study turns to apps in effort to prevent postpartum depression


LANES TO CLOSE NEAR NC86. YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE, U.S. 70. AS MANY AS 15% OF WOMEN WHO HAD A BABY SUFFER FROM POST PARTUM DEPRESSION OR PPD. NOW RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT THE CAUSE AND THEIR METHOD SOCIAL MEDIA. WHY THE PPD APP IS AVAILABLE. Reporter: MICHELLE’S SON’S FIRST MOMENTS ARE WELL DOCUMENTED. WE TRIED FOR A LONG TIME TO HAVE HIM. DESPITE A DIFFICULT LABOR, SHE SAID LIFE WITH THE NEWBORN WENT WELL IN THE BEGINNING. THEN IT BECAME DIFFICULT. EXPRESSED SO MUCH GRATITUDE FOR HAVING HIM BUT THEN WHY IS THIS SO HARD. Reporter: FIRST SHE ATTRIBUTED IT TO LACK OF SLEEP BUT LATER SHE SOUGHT HELP FOR POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. WITH MEDICATION SHE RECOVERED AND WHEN A STUDY POPPED UP ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE, SHE WANTED TO HELP HOOT BIG PICTURE TO UNDERSTAND IS WHAT CAUSES THIS. Reporter: SHE’S WORKING WITH RESEARCHERS TO LOOK FOR A BIOLOGICAL CAUSE. WE NEEDED TO FIGURE OUT ANOTHER WAY OF DOING IT. Reporter: THEY TURN TO SMARTPHONES OR SOCIAL MEDIA ASKING ANY WOMAN WHO EXPERIENCED PPD SYMPTOMS TO DOWNLOAD AN APP. SOME ARE ASKED TO MAIL IN A SAMPLE OF SALIVA. IF WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE UNDERLYING BOOLINGS, THEN WE CAN IDENTIFY IT, WHO WOULD BE AT RISK. Reporter: THEN THEY COULD PREVENT IT OR TREAT IT. SHE IS ALREADY GETTING COUNSELING HOPING TO AVOID ANOTHER BAT WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. I’M DOING EVERYTHING THAT I CAN TO PREVENT IT. Reporter: MAGGIE NEWLAND REPORTING. RESEARCHERS HOPE TO GET

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