Parenthood Ups Mental Illness Risk

These symptoms may include depressed mood, poor concentration, loss of energy, lack of enjoyment of activities, and impaired sleep, even when the baby is sleeping. Symptoms suggesting psychosis include hearing voices or increased suspiciousness.

Families should "be vigilant for these symptoms, especially in the first three months postpartum and if the woman is a first-time mom," said Sit.

The study will also help lessen the stigma of mental illness. "We need to start taking mental health more seriously," said Dominguez. "Mental health is health, and in the past, we've pooh-poohed mental health; it is critical to the functionality of the person."

So, if Brooke Shields and Tom Cruise start fighting again over the existence of postpartum mental illness, Brooke has some new ammunition.

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