Doctors Not Catching Postpartum Depression, Experts Say
Many times the new mothers are misdiagnosed or missed altogether. Mental health experts say the new federal screening guidelines should help with the problem.
Postpartum Depression Often Overlooked Or Misdiagnosed In New Moms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in ten women experience symptoms of it within a year after giving birth. But a lot of women and their doctors simply don't catch it, experts say. Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for the first time recommended depression screening for all pregnant and postpartum women as part of its screening guidelines for all adults. Mental health experts applaud the decision and say they hope it will help break down some of the barriers that still prevent women like [Jo] Bloomfield from getting help for depression during and after pregnancy. (Plevin, 3/8)