(WYTV) – The American Medical Association says that today’s expectant moms are more likely to be depressed than their own mothers might have been decades ago.
Dr. Rebecca Starck of the Cleveland Clinic says when it comes to both prenatal and postpartum depression, the best place to start is by opening up the conversation about depression and letting women know that help is available.
“Talking to our patients, our friends, our colleagues, our sisters about postpartum depression. Recognizing the symptoms — recognizing that there’s treatment for the symptoms and that it is a huge burden on society if they don’t address these problems when they arise.”
We may be hearing more about depression among millennial mothers-to-be because they’re more aware, educated, and empowered to talk about it.
It could also mean that there is actually more depression or some women might feel less support or have fewer resources and less time for maternity leave.