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Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

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Aired 7/2/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth


Sean Daneshmand, M.D., OB-GYN, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns

Christopher Morache, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital


Approximately 85 percent of women experience some type of mood disturbance during the postpartum period. For some, these symptoms can be severe.

New research finds that a range of symptoms known as postpartum depression may actually begin prior to giving birth.

The New York Times recently tackled the issue in the two-part series "New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 to 15 percent of women develop more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. The Times also looked at maternal mental illness and its effects.

Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to sleep disturbances and change in appetite to suicidal thoughts.

We take a look at who's at risk, symptoms and treatment options available.

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