Postpartum depression – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Iím Joe Balintfy. After childbirth, many mothers experience emotional changes that can include depression.
Schmidt: Each year in the United States there are approximately half a million women who are at risk of developing postpartum depression.
Narrator: Dr. Peter Schmidt is with the National Institute of Mental Health. He says an estimated 13 percent of new mothers experience the persistent sad or anxious emotions known as postpartum depression.
Schmidt: So, clearly this is an important condition to the public health of this country, these are prevalent conditions that are associated with considerable morbidity.
Narrator: New research is focusing on hormone treatment for postpartum depression. For details, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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