Postpartum Depression in 14 Percent of New Moms

Recently, Manhattan attorney Cynthia Wachenheim committed suicide by leaping from an eight-story window of her Harlem apartment with her 10-month-old baby strapped to her body.

In a rambling suicide note, Wachenheim expressed unhappiness, referring to postpartum depression. Apparently, more moms are suffering from postpartum depression.

The largest study to date published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry shows that 1 in 7 new moms suffers from postpartum depression.

Researchers screened 10,000 new moms at a Pittsburgh hospital and found that close to 1400 women tested positive for depression, in which 19 percent considered causing  harm to themselves.

“We discovered 20 percent had suicidal thoughts — these are thoughts of death, thoughts of wanting to die, not wanting to wake up, just escape,” said University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist Dorothy Sit, one of the many authors of the study. “In fact, some patients with very severe symptoms had made the decision to take their lives.”

Researchers recommend for all new moms and pregnant women postpartum and prenatal screenings for depression. Mothers suffering from postpartum depression are encouraged to seek treatment.

To read more about the study, click here.

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