Study Shows Domestic Violence Increases Incidence of Postpartum Depression in Black Women

As we've mentioned before , it's Mental Health Awareness Month, and The Grio reports on ne...


As we've mentioned before, it's Mental Health Awareness Month, and The Grio reports on new information about a link between domestic violence and postpartum depression.

In addition to the danger that abuse poses to the woman and her unborn child, the Johns Hopkins study shows that these women are also at greater risk of postpartum depression. According to the data, one out of every three women abused during pregnancy went on to develop depression in the first 12 months of the child's life.
The tragic deaths of Lashanda Armstrong and her two children highlight the need to begin having serious discussions about postpartum depression and Black women. We each probably have women in our lives who could benefit from an extended hand.

This quote stands out:
"Eighty-five percent of postpartum depression can be relieved by social support and [only] 15 percent needs medications," said Dr. Carl C. Bell, President and CEO of Community Mental Health Council in Chicago.
We may not be able to fix healthcare system that leaves poor and minority women without options, but we can become advocates for those women who are suffering in silence.

Have you experienced postpartum depression or do you know someone who has? 

Domestic violence, postpartum depression linked in black women [The Grio]

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