Post-Partum Depression: Signs and Symptoms to Look For

[Music] postpartum depression affects between 8 and 20 percent of women knowing the signs and where to go for treatment is imperative and joining me today to talk more is dr. Samantha Meltzer Brodie from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill thank you so much for joining us I want to get right into it so what is PPD and how does it affect the mother and the family well postpartum depression is one of the most common medical complications of childbirth it causes enormous problems for the mother as well as her bonding with the baby and relationships with her family so it really is very much a public health issue okay and what are the symptoms that new moms and their loved ones should be watching out for so new moms that may have postpartum depression can feel sad low mood they may not enjoy the baby they may be very anxious with ruminating symptoms not functioning the way they want to unable to sleep even when the baby is sleeping and at the worst case may have thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or life not being worth living and I know that you know being a new mother you’re told constantly oh it’s so wonderful isn’t it the most wonderful thing so it can be hard for people to want to talk about it but why is it so important for women to talk to their doctors or their loved ones about PPD yeah you’re exactly right many people feel enormous pressure to happy the so-called perfect mom and we know there’s no such thing as a perfect mom and so because this is again one of the most common medical complications of childbirth one in eight women or more will suffer with this and there is treatment available that can help people get better and so it’s very important that women see this as any other medical complication if they’re having these symptoms particularly if they’re there more than a week or two they need to talk with their doctor and get help because good treatment is available that can really help people and the families do much better yeah so how is it treated well postpartum depression is often treated with either psychotherapy talk therapy for mild moderate symptoms or with medication therapy for more moderate to severe symptoms and there are a number of things that can be done that can make a big difference okay and then what is the hummingbird study well the hummingbird study have been has been clinical trials around a new investigational treatment for postpartum depression unlike currently available antidepressants the hummingbird study has studied a new medication called Breck’s and alone which is totally different than anything that’s been previously available it’s been developed specifically for postpartum depression and what’s been really exciting about it is women have onset of response they get better within a day and they have a 60 hour infusion which is very different than current antidepressant treatment which can take four to six weeks for there to be any kind of response wow that is incredible so where can people go for more information so for more information about the hummingbird studies and about Breck’s aunt alone there’s a number of different places that people can go for information people can go to see PPD comm s ee PPD calm 20/20 mom website there’s also the hummingbird trials website where people can easily go to find more information about that thank you so much for talking to us about this well thank you for having me and we want all moms who are suffering with postpartum depression to be able to talk to their doctors to be get to be screened and to get treatment as appropriate to help them feel better yeah they’re not alone thank you for joining us

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