Teens build postpartum depression simulation

2-ROBERT:THE BIRTH OF A BABY CAN PRODUCE A MOUNTAIN OF EMOTIONS 2-SHANNON: FOR MANY WOMEN, THOSE FEELINGS CAN CONFUSE AND CRIPPLE HER CONNECTION WITH A NEWBORN, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE LINKED TO MOOD DISORDERS THAT STRIKE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

DOCTORS CAN PRESCRIBE A RANGE OF TREATMENT FROM EXERCISE, MEDICATION OR THERAPYBUT, WHAT IF THE NEW MOM IS A YOUNG AND ALREADY DEALING WITH THE STIGMA OF TEEN PREGNANCY HOW DOES SHE RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS AND WHERE DOES SHE GET HELP? 2-ROBERT:KXAN'S "GIGI BARNETT" TOOK A DEEPER LOOK AND FOUND A GROUP OF GIRLS WHO ARE ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS STUDENTS TO GIRL: FAIL"THIS IS NO EXERCISE IN BULLYING ON CAMPUSIT'S THE RESULT OF A CLASS PROJECT BY THESE FOUR GIRLS AT THE ANN RICHARD SCHOOL IN AUSTIN — AND IT COULD SAVE THE LIVES OF TEENS DEALING WITH MOOD LIVES OF TEENS DEALING WITH MOOD DISORDERS LINKED TO PREGNANCY ENALISA BLACKMAN, 10TH GRADER: "IT WAS A MATTER OF TRYING TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE TEEN MOM'S SHOES"IT ALL STARTED AS A MAJOR ASSIGNMENT IN THEIR BIOMEDICAL CLASS:CREATE A PROJECT ON THE TOPIC OF PREGNANCY — USING SCIENCE THAT CAN SOLVE "REAL WORLD" PROBLEMS

THEY CAME UP WITH THIS:SOUND FROM AUDIO WAV FILE A SIMULATION OF WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN A WOMAN HAS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION THESE REPRESENT DANGEROUS — AND SOMETIMES DEADLY — THOUGHTS SHE HEARS AND THE GIRLS DISCOVERED THAT IT CAN BE MUCH WORSE IN TEENS BELLA THOMAS, 10TH GRADER: "YOU GET THE GESTATIONAL WEIGHT GAIN AND IT'S JUST THAT ON TOP OF WHATEVER SOCIETY'S VIEW OF BEAUTY HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUSHED UPON YOU"THE TEENS TOOK THEIR RESEARCH TO A REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON PERINATAL MOOD DISORDERS LAST MONTH

AND, THE RESPONSE WAS INSTANT VANESSA MIRELES, 10TH GRADER: "THERE WAS THIS LADY WHO LISTENED TO OUR SIMULATION AND SHE GOT VERY EMOTIONAL AND STHE STARTED CRYING" //"SHE SAID THAT HER DAUGHTER HAD PASSED AWAY BECAUSE OF THAT" ELLA MIESNER, ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER: "WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT HOW IT AFFECTS ADULT WOMENS, BUT NOT ABOUT HOW IT AFFECTS TEEN GIRLS" GIGI: "SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW? THE GIRLS SAY THEY'RE GOING TO HAND OVER THEIR FINDINGS TO LOCAL PREGNANCY GROUPS HERE IN AUSTIN, ASKING THEM TO DELVE DEEPER INTO THE ISSUE

THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER GROUP OF GIRLS IN THIS CLASS, WORKING ON THE SAME ISSUE AND, THEY THINK MAYBE SOME NEW LAWS CAN HELP HERE THEY'VE ALREADY REACHED OUT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE AT THE ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL, I'M GIGI BARNETTKXAN NEWS" ROBERT:THE GIRLS GOT AN "A" ON

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