House Representative

White, James

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/28/2016

National Maternal Depression Awareness Month

(Austin, TX) - May is National Maternal Depression Awareness Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to postpartum depression. State Representative James White encourages Southeast Texans to observe this month and educate others on this depression that affects new mothers.

Postpartum depression is a very common form of depression that occurs after childbirth. There are about 3 million cases per year in the U.S. Symptoms of postpartum depression can include insomnia, loss of appetite, dysfunctional irritability, and difficulty bonding with the newborn child. A medical professional can treat the condition, but if left untreated the condition becomes prolonged and puts the mother at a greater risk of developing major depression later in life. Counseling, antidepressants, or hormone therapy are some of the treatment options.

"Postpartum depression is a condition that can affect a new mother and lead to complications if left untreated. By raising awareness, I hope Southeast Texans will seek to learn more and reduce the stigma associated with mothers who face this terrible condition," said Rep. White.

If you have any questions, please contact State Representative James White's office at (512) 463-0490 or (409) 283-3700.