New Findings on Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

New Findings on Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

New findings indicate one in seven new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. We discuss the latest research on symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.

A growing body of research indicates that postpartum mental disorders that afflict new mothers are more common and include more symptoms than previously thought. As many as one in seven women develop a wide-range of problems including depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder in the year after they give birth. In several countries, suicide is one of the leading causes of death of new moms. Scientists say a complex interaction of genes, stress and hormones is to blame. Diane and a panel of guests will discuss the latest findings on risk factors and treatment options for women with postpartum depression and anxiety.


Dr. Peter Schmidt

clinical researcher, National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Katherine Wisner

professor and director, Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Lynne McIntyre

clinical social worker at Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC. She is also the mid-atlantic regional coordinator for Postpartum Support International, an advocacy group.

Zachary Kaminsky

researcher and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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