Dr. Dresner discusses the commonality and the risks of postpartum depression (PPD).
Postpartum depression occurs in about 15 percent of new mothers. Risk factors, women who are at risk, are women who have had a previous episode of depression in their lifetime, and women who have poor social support.
So somebody who is coming into motherhood in the midst of conflictual marriage or at a situation where there’s been a loss or change in her life, where she has moved to a new community and has no social supports, those individuals are at risk, as at risk as women who have a personal history or past history of depression or family history of depression.
About Dr. Nehama Dresner, M.D.:
Dr. Nehama Dresner, M.D., is a licensed, Board-certified psychiatrist (in general psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine) with specialized training and nearly 20 years experience in Women's Mental Health and Medical Psychiatry. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is actively involved in medical education. A fellow in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the America Psychiatric Association, she speaks locally and nationally on issues related to psychological aspects of women's health and medical psychiatry. Dr. Dresner's clinical specialty is psychosomatic obstetrics, and gynecology, women's emotional development, and psychiatric treatment of the medically ill.