New Medication Showing Promise For New Moms Suffering From Postpartum Depression


YOU CAN SEE SMOKE POURING FROM THE HOME. WE ARE WORKING TO LEARN HOW THAT FIRE STARTED. THE FDA APPROVED THE FIRST DRUG SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TREAT SEVERE POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. POST PARTUM DEPRESSION EFFECTS 400,000 WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR. IT IS USUALLY TREATED WITH ANTI- DEPRESSANTS BUT THIS NEW MEDICATION IS SHOWING PROMISING RESULTS. DR. MARIA SIMBRA EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS. Reporter: THEY JUST MOVED TO CHINA WHEN THEY BECAME PARENTS. AFTER THEIR DAUGHTER WAS BORN SHE STARTED SLIDING INTO DEPRESSION. YOUR HUSBAND DESERVES A BETTER THOUGHT. YOUR CHILDREN DESERVE A BETTER MOM. Reporter: SYMPTOMS OF POST PARTUM DEPRESSION INCLUDES SADNESS, SELF-HARM, SUICIDE AND LOSS OF INTEREST IN THE NEW BABY. AFTER THREE MONTHS SHE WAS FEELING LIKE HER OLD SELF. THEY RELOCATED TO ON AND MOVED FORWARD WITH THEIR PLANS FOR A LARGER FAMILY. SHE BECAME PREGNANT. AFTER GIVING BIRTH SHE NOTICED THE SAME SYMPTOMS. IMMEDIATE. IT WAS DARKER THAN THE FIRST TIME. Reporter: THIS TIME ANTI- DEPRESSANTS DIDN’T HELP SO SHE SIGNED UP FOR A NEW KIND OF MEDICATION. IT TARGETS SPECIFIC BRAIN RECEPTORS TO REBALANCE THE HORMONES. SHE SAYS FAST ACTING RELIEF IS VITAL. THE CURRENT TREATMENTS ARE NOT GOING TO WORK FOR A MONTH OR MORE. THAT IS HARD TO SAY I KNOW YOU ARE SUFFERING AND WE WILL START TREATMENT AND A MONTH FROM NOW YOU WILL FEEL BETTER. Reporter: IT IS A ONE TIME TREATMENT THAT REQUIRES A THREE NIGHT HOSPITAL STAY. 70% HAD IMPROVEMENTS IN MOOD, APPETITE, SLEEP AND FUNCTIONING. HE LOST HIS WAY TO POST PARTUM DEPRESSION. HE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE FDA TO GET THE NEW DRUG APPROVED. I DON’T THINK AT THE TIME I REALIZED WHAT A BIG DEAL IT WAS UNTIL I HEARD THE WORDS THAT IT WAS APPROVED YESTERDAY AND THEN ALL THESE EMOTIONS COME FLOODING IN. I THINK IF MY WIFE HAD ACCESS TO THIS SHE WOULD STILL BE HERE. I AM EXCITED TO SEE IT FOR MYSELF. WE ARE LOOKING TO HEAR FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES. Reporter: WOMEN WERE FOLLOWED FOR 30 DAYS, MOST FINDING RELIEF.

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