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Maternal Depression and Anxiety: Essential Information about Incidence, Impact and Treatment

Wiersgalla & Mauren_hsHave you or someone you know experienced depression or serious anxiety since becoming a mom? Given the prevalence of these mental health problems among mothers, your answer almost certainly is yes. Yet too often these disorders go undiagnosed and untreated. It’s important for all of us to understand the signs of maternal depression and anxiety, safe and effective treatment options and how family and friends can help. Psychiatrist Michelle Wiersgalla and psychologist Gabrielle Mauren from Park Nicollet Behavioral Health join Marti & Erin for an informative and candid discussion everyone should hear.

 

What has your experience been in your family or circle of friends with depression, anxiety or OCD? Why do you think maternal depression and anxiety still are so unlikely to be properly diagnosed or treated among the many mothers (and others) who experience them? What can you do to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems?

 

For Park Nicollet Women’s Center, click here.

For the U.S. Preventative Services recommendation for depression screening, click here.

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