Postpartum Depression Becoming More Common

Holy Hormones Honey! No surprise here.  Women are going into pregnancy without adequate nutrition and with hormones that are already imbalanced and depleted from exposure to synthetic hormone birth control, and estrogen mimickers in our environment.  The disturbing trend is to let post baby blues – or postpartum depression getting into psychiatrist’s hands.  They will only use SSRI’s and other drugs to ‘treat’ women with PPD.  And of course, women will be labeled and eventually this will become another ‘psychiatric’ illness – when in reality postpartum depression is a combination of hormone imbalance and nutrient depletion.

Postpartum Depression: Surprising Rate of Women Depressed After Baby

ScienceDaily

Mar. 14, 2013 — A surprisingly high number of women have postpartum depressive symptoms, according to a new, large-scale study by a Northwestern Study-All-New-Moms-Should-be-Screened-for-Postpartum-Depression1Medicine® researcher.

This is the largest scale depression screening of postpartum women and the first time a full psychiatric assessment has been done in a study of postpartum women who screened positive for depression.

The study, which included a depression screening of 10,000 women who had recently delivered infants at single obstetrical hospital, revealed a large percentage of women who suffered recurrent episodes of major depression.

The study underscored the importance of prenatal as well as postpartum screening. Mothers’ and infants’ health and lives hang in the balance. The lives of several women who were suicidal when staff members called them for the screening were saved likely as a result of the study’s screening and immediate intervention.

“In the U.S., the vast majority of postpartum women with depression are not identified or treated even though they are at higher risk for psychiatric disorders,” said Northwestern Medicine lead study author Katherine L. Wisner, M.D. “It’s a huge public health problem. A woman’s mental health has a profound effect on fetal development as well as her child’s physical and emotional development.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.