Mothers with postpartum depression hopeful for more support in Texas


SHANNONMANY WOMEN STRUGGLING WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AREN’T GETTING THE HELP THEY NEEDâ| HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SAY ABOUT HALF OF CASES GO UNDETECTED OR UNDIAGNOSED. LAWMAKERS ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THOSE NUMBERS… HOLDING A COMMITTEE HEARING TODAY FOR SEVERAL NEW BILLS TO HELP WOMEN MANAGE THE ILLNESS. KXAN’S AMANDA BRANDEIS LEARNED MORE ABOUT THEIR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. “MY EVERY DAY LIFE.”A THIRD GENERATION EMPLOYEE OF ONE OF AUSTIN’S ORIGINAL TACO SHOPS, ROSA RODRIGUEZ RARELY GETS DOWNTIME. “WE’RE ESPECIALLY KNOWN FOR TACOS AL PASTOR.”THE FULL-TIME WORKING MOM IS JUST AS BUSY AT HOME. “HERE’S MY SON, HE SIX MONTHS.”SHE HAS THREE BEAUTIFUL BABIESâ| BUT KNOWS THE UGLY SIDE OF STRUGGLING WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. “MOST OF THE TIME I AM CRYING AND IF I’M NOT CRYING I’M HIDING FROM CRYING.”SHE AND SO MANY OTHERS LIKE HER, STILL STRUGGLE MONTHS AFTER THEIR BABIES ARE BORN. “WE JUST TRY TO HIDE IT SO MUCH BECAUSE PEOPLE THROW IT AGAINST US. ‘OH YOU CAN’T BE DEPRESSED, A PREGNANCY IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE HAPPIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE’. IT’S NOT ALWAYS LIKE THAT AND IT’S NOT ALWAYS PEACHES AND CREAM, IT CAN’T ALWAYS BE LIKE THAT.” “IT REALLY IMPACTS THEIR EVERY DAY LIFE AND A CHILD’S LIFE. IF UNTREATED POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION HAS DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON FAMILIES.”TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN SUPPORTS SEVERAL BILLS AIMED AT HELPING MOTHERS WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. ONE COMES FROM REPRESENTATIVE SARAH DAVIS OUT OF HOUSTON. “WILL MAKE SURE THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MOMS TO BE SCREENED DURING WELL-BABY VISITS WITH THE DOCTOR, FOR EXAMPLE WITH THE PEDIATRICIAN.”ANOTHER BILL HOPES TO PROVIDE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION COVERAGE THROUGH MEDICAID ONE YEAR AFTER A BABY IS BORNâ| AND A THIRD BILL HOPES TO CREATE A BROADER PLAN FOR SCREENING AND TREATMENT. “OH IT’S EXCITING. MAKES ME WANT TO GET PREGNANT AGAIN!” AND MAKES HER HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE OF HER GIRLS. AMANDA BRANDEIS KXAN NEWS. SHANNONIN ADDITION TO POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, THE TEXAS HOUSE MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE HAS CALLED FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS FOR SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN FOSTER CARE. SHANNON: EXPERTS SAY 1 IN 7 MOTHERS BATTLES POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DURING OR AFTER PREGNANCY. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE MOOD SWINGS, DIFFICULTY BONDING WITH YOUR BABY, INSOMNIA, AND ANXIETY.A KXAN INVESTIGATION FOUND A GROWING TREND IN NEW MOTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY- INCLUDING IN AUSTIN.THEY’RE TURNING TO MARIJUANA TO HELP THEM COPE. RIGHT NOW 28 STATES ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS INCLUDING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.TEXAS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.ONE MOTHER WROTE TO US- ABOUT TRYING CANNABIS TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS AFTER IT WAS SUGGESTED BY HER DOCTOR.WE’VE SHARED HER STORY- ALONG WITH THE STORY OF A CALIFORNIA WOMAN WHO ALSO TURNED TO CANNABIS OIL- AND HOW THEY SAY IT HELPED THEM COPE.YOU CAN ALSO SEE WHAT DOCTORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE GROWING TREND- ON KXAN DOT COM- JUST CLICK ON

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