Posted at: 10/04/2013 7:01 PM
| Updated at: 10/04/2013 7:06 PM
By: Dan Bazile
The scene outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.
A local psychiatrist says postpartum depression needs to be taken more seriously. He says it can lead to dangerous situations.
NewsChannel 13 also spoke to an East Greenbush woman who had a tough time dealing with it.
It's been seven years since her daughter was born, but Erin Weisberg will never forget the rough period that followed.
“Why aren't I happy? Why aren't I like the person on the cover of baby magazine where the mother is smiling in her yoga outfit,” she asks.
That's because the East Greenbush woman was suffering from postpartum depression.
She says it was pure exhaustion and she barely remembers the first six months of her daughter’s life because of it.
“I wasn't quite prepared for such intense depression,” says Weisberg.
She's a scientist and her husband a medical doctor. Postpartum depression was something they understood, but a much different story when it was them.
“It's hard even as a scientist. I know better. I studied brain disorders,” says Weisberg.
She had no control over it. But it could have been worse, according to Clifton Park Psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Ferraioli. Weisberg had yet to hit the last stage.
It’s not baby blues. Baby blues clears up within a week, maybe a month…That’s why we need good treatment and screening and good awareness before we just tell the woman, ‘Well, it’s been two months since your delivery, so it can be postpartum (depression). Sure it could,” says Dr. Ferraioli.
It's hard to know for sure. But Ferraioli says Miriam Carey, the woman killed by police yesterday in Washington D.C. might have been in that last state of postpartum depression where they can be a danger to themselves and others.
As for Weisberg, she started getting better after finding a group called mothers and more of the Capital Region, along with a book on the subject.
“I felt like ‘Oh my God, there's somebody out there that gets me,’” she says.
Weisberg says she spoke to NewsChannel 13 to bring awareness to postpartum.
Dr. Ferraioli says 50 percent of mothers get what's called “baby blues”. A smaller percentage get hit with depression -- some slip into the more dangerous stage.