Avera Medical Minute: Postpartum Depression Help

Published: Apr. 28, 2019 at 8:28 PM CDT
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Postpartum depression can last up to one year, but new resources are making the transition after childbirth easier for mothers. Sahra Gomar experienced it after giving birth to her two sons, and life at home had some difficult moments. Wondering how to communicate her feelings, and not knowing anyone going through similar symptoms was overwhelming, and Sahra just wanted it to stop.

"Something is wrong, like I'm fighting with my husband all the time, I'm angry, I'm crying at everything, like I'm looking for excuses to get out of the house so I can just go sit somewhere and cry," Gomar said.

Sahra felt the weight of carrying shame, and was concerned about losing her kids, but those worries dissolved when she spoke with Doctor Kimberlee McKay. Support groups play a role in helping mothers, but new medications are also targeting specific areas of postpartum depression.

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