Local doctor discusses the impact of Postpartum depression

EXT MONTH LIVE ON CAPITOL HILL, NICOLE KILLIAN

STEPHANIE: NICKEL, THANK YOU MODEL, TV SHOW HOST, AND NEW MOM CHRISSY TEIGEN IS USED TO MAKING HEADLINES BUT THIS MORNING SHE HAS PEOPLE TALKING FOR A DIFFERENT REASON SHE'S OPENING UP ABOUT HER STRUGGLE WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SHE SAYS ITS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MORE OFTEN

JOINING US NOW TO DISCUSS PPD IS DR DUDLEY BROWN FROM GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS MORNING IT'S A TOPIC THAT DEFINITELY ISN'T TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH >> DEFINITELY, THINK YOU FOR HAVING ME IT AFFECTS OF PROXIMALLY 10% TO 15% OF WOMEN AFTER GIVING BIRTH

YOU KNOW, THE STATISTICS SAY THAT AS MANY AS HALF OF THESE WOMEN CAN START HAVING SYMPTOMS BEFORE OR DURING PREGNANCY MANY PEOPLE PERCEIVE OR SEE HAVING A CHILD AS A HAPPYTIME, SO THEY DON'T REALLY GIVE CREDENCE TO WHEN WOMEN EXPRESS TRUE FEELINGS OF SADNESS, WHICH CAN HAPPEN WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION STEPHANIE: WHAT CAUSES POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION? WHAT BRINGS IT ON? >> WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE RISK FACTORS SOME INCLUDE A PRE-EXISTING HISTORY OF DEPRESSION, WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD DEPRESSION BEFORE STRESSFUL LIFE EVENTS DURING OR AFTER PREGNANCIES, LIKE RELATIONSHIP OR MARITAL DISCORD

A STRESSFUL DELIVERY, BABY IN THE ICU OR A NEW ONE THAT IS SICK SOMETIMES CHRONIC SLEEP DEPRIVATION, WHICH EVERY NEW MOM KNOWS THAT STANDARD I CAN BE A RISK FACTOR PERSONALITY TRAITS, LIKE FOLKS THAT ARE PARTICULAR, VERY NEUROTIC, SORT OF LIKE TO CONTROL THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, THAT CAN BE A RISK FACTOR, AS ANY NEW PARENT KNOWS, THERE'S NOT MUCH YOU CAN CONTROL ABOUT HAVING A NEWBORN STEPHANIE: SHE SAID THAT SOMEDAY SHE WAS IN INCREDIBLE, PHYSICAL PAIN

IS THAT A PART OF POSTPARTUM? >> IT CAN BE SHE ATTRIBUTED THAT TO HER HISTORY OF ANXIETY SOMETIMES MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS CAN BE MANIFESTED PHYSICALLY AND IT'S REAL, IT'S NOT IN YOUR HEAD YOU ACTUALLY HAVE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS IT JUST HAS TO DO WITH WHATEVER PRE-EXISTING RISKS FACTORS — RISK FACTORS SOME OF THE HAS

HISTORY OF ANXIETY IS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT FACTOR FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION IT IS WITHIN THAT REALM WHERE SHE HAD MANY OF HER PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS STEPHANIE: HOW DOES A WOMAN KNOW SHE IS SUFFERING FROM POSTPARTUM? WHERE SHOULD A COUPLE GO FOR HELP HIM THEREON? >> OF THE WOMEN WHO GET POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AFTER CHILDBIRTH, HALF OF THOSE WOMEN WILL HAVE SYMPTOMS WITHIN THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS A STANDARD PRACTICE IN MY PRACTICE IS TO DO SORT OF A DEPRESSION SCREEN BETWEEN TWO WEEKS AND FOUR WEEKS, WHEN FOLKS FOLLOW UP THAT'S HELPFUL, SOME PEOPLE ARE HESITANT TO REACH OUT OR OPEN THAT DISCUSSION, BECAUSE MENTAL HEALTH CARRIES SUCH A STIGMA IN THIS COUNTRY

BUT FOR THE FOLKS WHO ARE WILLING TO OPEN UP, AND WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO, IF YOU GET PAST THAT ONE TO TWO WEEK MARK AND THE SYMPTOMS OF JUST BEING DEPRESSED, UNCONTROLLABLE CRYING, LOW ENERGY, NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE, NOT GETTING JOY, NOT REALLY HAVING TRUE JOY IN THE THINGS AROUND YOU, THOSE THINGS ARE HAPPENING SPEAK TO SOMEONE I WOULD LIKE TO SAY YOUR TRIBE THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, SPEAK TO SOMEONE

HOPEFULLY THOSE FOLKS WILL HAVE NO JUDGMENT IF YOU DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE SPEAKING TO THEM, REACH OUT TO YOUR PROVIDER THE PROVIDER WHO DELIVERED YOUR CHILD, YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR MANY MONTHS HOPEFULLY BY THEN YOU'RE COMFORTABLE SPEAKING TO THEM OR YOUR STAFF I GUARANTEE YOU, AS LONG AS YOU REACH OUT, THEY ARE GOING TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY

BRING THEM IN AND IF THEY DON'T, REACH OUT TO SOMEONE ELSE AND OF COURSE, THERE ARE ALL OF THESE CRISIS LINES FOR THE FOLKS WHO REALLY GET IN TROUBLE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, A SUBSET OF IT CAN ALSO BE POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS FOLKS CAN GET SUICIDAL OR HOMICIDAL THOUGHTS

SO, THERE'S ALWAYS CRISIS LINES WHERE FOLKS CAN GO TO GET INTERVENTION

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