Need help with postpartum depression?
Resources for mothers struggling with postpartum depression include:
Charleston Area Medical Center Family Resource Center: 304-388-2545
West Virginia Right From the Start Program: 800-642-8522
Joyce Bennett, West Virginia coordinator of Postpartum Support International: 304-798-3230, Ext: 4
West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health:http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf/Pages/MapList.aspx
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The mother of a woman who crashed into a barrier near the White House and then led police on a high-speed chase through downtown Washington, D.C., said her daughter was suffering from postpartum depression, after having a child within the past year.
About one in eight women suffers significant depression or anxiety associated with postpartum depression, according to Postpartum Support International, a nonprofit organization.
Postpartum depression often is used as a catchall or umbrella term for a variety of disorders, but there are several forms of the illness, said Lynne McIntyre, mid-Atlantic coordinator for the group.
McIntyre stressed that she knew nothing about the case of 34-year-old Miriam Carey -- who was shot to death by police outside the U.S. Capitol -- but pointed to postpartum psychosis, the most dangerous and extreme form of postpartum depression, as an illness consistent with some initial news reports about Carey.
"This is when a mom has psychiatrically, mentally, broken from reality, having delusions, believing things that aren't true, hearing things," McIntyre said.
Only one or two women out of every 1,000 who give birth experience some sort of postpartum psychosis.