We really need to change the way we treat mental health in this country.
It is estimated that one in five Americans have some sort of mental illness, yet 56% of them don’t have access to treatment. Even when treatment is available, people are afraid to seek help due to the stigma surrounding mental health.
Tragedies occur when mental illness is left untreated. The most heartbreaking examples involve women who suffer from postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.
The largest study to date shows that as many as 1 in every 7 women suffers postpartum depression. And the study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, finds that among women followed for a year after delivery, some 22 percent had been depressed.
The study also recommends that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression.