Getting help when struggling with postpartum depression


WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND BRING YOU THE LATEST AS SOON AS WE HEAR IT. TODAY WRAPS UP MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. ALL MONTH LONG CHANNEL 9 HAS BEEN WORKING TO SHINE A LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH TO GET PEOPLE TALKING AND ERASE THE STIGMA. POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION IS OFTEN UNDERREPORTED AND MISUNDERSTOOD. UP TO 20% OF NEW MOTHERS WILL EXPERIENCE THIS, EVEN SOME NEW FATHERS TOO. IN FAMILY FOCUS, ONE MOTHER’S STORY OF HELP AND HOPE. Reporter: TO SEE HER NOW WITH LITTLE D.J., YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW WHAT DOCKERY WAS FACING A FEW MONTHS AGO. TWO WEEKS AFTER MY SON WAS BORN, I WAS JUST VERY EMOTIONAL, VERY SAD. IF I GOT FRUSTRATED, I WOULD END UP IN TEARS. THAT’S REALLY NOT ME. Reporter: EVERY DAY TASKS SEEMED OVERWHELMING AND THINGS WEREN’T GETTING BETTER. SHE WORRIED IT WOULD AFFECT HER BONDING WITH HIM. WHEN IT WAS A FEW WEEKS AND I STILL WASN’T FEELING MORE LIKE MYSELF, THAT’S WHEN I STARTED TO GET WORRIED THAT IT MAY BE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. Reporter: HER DOCTOR CONFIRMED AND SENT MERCEDES TO ATRIUM HEALTH MATERNAL WELLNESS PROGRAM. WE KNOW THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM. ONE IN FIVE TO ONE IN SEVEN WOMEN EXPERIENCE THIS. THEY’RE JUST NOT THEMSELVES. Reporter: HORMONE SWINGS AFTER CHILDBIRTH CAN CAUSE WEEPINESS, ANXIETY, IRRITABILITY, INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE. IF THEY LAST A FEW DAYS, THAT’S CONSIDERED BABY BLUES WHICH ARE NORMAL. MORE THAN TWO WEEKS, IT COULD BE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO GET HELP. THERE IS CLEARLY A HORMONAL COMPONENT TO POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. IT TAKES BLAME OFF OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND HELPS THEM LOOK AT THIS AS A BIOLOGICAL ILLNESS. A LOT OF TIMES, SOMETIMES NEGATIVE THOUGHTS WILL POP INTO YOUR HEAD. “OH I AM A TERRIBLE MOM. I CAN’T DO THIS .” YOU HAVE TO SAY “NO, I AM A GOOD MOM.” Reporter: SHE DID GET HELP AND SAYS THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE. THE FRUSTRATION AND TEARS ARE GONE AND HER BOND WITH LITTLE D.J., WELL, THAT’S EASY TO SEE FOR YOURSELF. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE A WEIGHT JUST CAME OFF. I THINK WHEN YOU GET THE HELP, THAT’S WHEN YOU FIND THE HOPE HONESTLY. THEY JUST BLOSSOM AND BECOME HOPEFUL AGAIN. WHAT’S MORE HOPEFUL THAN A NEWBORN? D.J. THROUGH IT ALL, HE LAUGHS, HE SMILES. HE IS JUST A HAPPY BABY GENERALLY. NOW I AM A HAPPY MOMMA. HAPPY MOM, HAPPY BABY. TREATMENT FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION CAN INCLUDE THERAPY. IT CAN INCLUDE MEDICATION OR BOTH. THERE ARE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE SAFE TO USE WHILE BREAST FEEDING AS WELL. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE CHANNEL 9 TEAM BROUGHT YOU AN HOUR LONG PROGRAM WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES DISCOVERED AND TALKED ABOUT TITLED CHARLOTTE’S HIDDEN CRISIS. IF YOU MISSED IT, WE HAVE ALL THE INSPIRING STORIES ON OUR WSOC TV APP FOR YOU TO LOOK AT ON ROKU, AMAZON, FIRE STICK, APPLE TV. WE PUT TOGETHER A COUNTY BY COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE. IT WILL CONNECT YOU WITH HELP IN YOUR COMMUNITY. FIND THE GUIDE ON THE WSOC TV

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