Postpartum depression in our community
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - It is an issue that many women suffer from in our own community and has recently become a frequent topic of conversation. According to the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition, about 4,000 women in Pima County suffer with anxiety and depression around childbirth.
"I think when women are preoccupied with their children, sometimes they don't pay as enough attention to their own health...and we know that the health of the mother has a direct impact on the well-being of the infant," says Dr. Karen Weihs, Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Postpartum depression can happen to any woman after giving birth. Doctors say this can happen when there are rapid hormone shifts in the body.