Postpartum & Maternal Depression: Why Aren’t More Moms Discussing the Issue?
October 29, 2015•9 min
If you're suffering more than the "baby blues," How do you know when you should seek help?Celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Hayden Panettiere have opened up publicly about their personal struggle with postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects up to 16 percent of mothers and can occur months or even up to a year after giving birth.Unfortunately, another type of depression expectant or recent moms might face is maternal depression. This type of depression is commonly misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all.Who is at risk?Even though all women are at risk, women who have previously had postpartum depression, a family history of depression, or a depressive episode, are at a higher risk.What causes maternal depression?Listen in as Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, shares symptoms of postpartum and maternal depression, who's at risk, and the treatment options available.