Why Some Women Need Antidepressants To Cope With Motherhood

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baby and mamaThere was a time when women stayed home while their husbands went out and made the money. Then women started wanting more out of life than keeping a home and taking care of children all day; they wanted to also get educated and have meaningful careers that went beyond mopping floors and changing diapers.

It seems that the tricky part came when the women started making changes that added more to their plate and did not really make any changes that reduced their preexisting responsibilities. While some men who have working wives do step up and share the work load of what were historically women’s chores and responsibilities, it seems that a lot of women still find motherhood an overwhelming job. Even women who do not work outside their homes are still complaining about being overwhelmed by motherhood. It seems though, that the women who are most overwhelmed are new mothers.

 A study that will be published in the medical journal, Pediatrics, next month suggests as many as one in five new mothers suffers from heightened anxiety in the weeks and months after childbirth. Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are now encouraging friends, family members and doctors who are treating new mothers to monitor them closely for anxiety disorders so that the mother and baby can get the support they need in the first critical months of a child’s life, HealthDay News reports.

Doctors now monitor new mothers for postpartum depression, but not for anxiety. Researchers reportedly found that anxiety – acute emotions in response to a perceived stressful, dangerous or threatening situation – was more common than depression after pregnancy, HealthDay also reported.

Melissa Sanchez told “GMA” that she had several panic attacks after her son was born, adding that she “psychically collapsed.

“I couldn’t get out of bed all weekend …,” Sanchez, of Manhattan, said.

She reluctantly agreed with a therapist’s recommendation that she start taking Celexa, a drug that would calm her nerves.

“After about six weeks, I was back to myself,” Sanchez said.

She has no doubt that her anti-anxiety drug made her a better mother.

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