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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Perinatal depression often goes untreated, study says


SARA JERVING | Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Bianca Lewis of Sun Prairie said she suffered from depression after her two children, Anij'a, 2, and Javeén, 1, were born. JOSEPH W. JACKSON III -- WCIJ


Not again.

That was the dread that hit 18-year-old Bianca Lewis when she learned she was pregnant with her second child, less than a year after her daughter was born.

The depression that had troubled the single mother during her first pregnancy intensified after the birth of her second child.

Lewis, of Sun Prairie, frequently cried, fell into fits of screaming rage and abused alcohol. She even broke ceramic plates over the head of the father of her children.

More than 65 percent of depressed mothers don't get adequate treatment for depression, according to nationwide study released this fall by the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

The study of 2,130 women found that black, Hispanic and other minority mothers were among the least likely to be helped. Women with health insurance were more than three times as likely to receive adequate care compared to uninsured mothers, the study found…

Perinatal depression often goes untreated, study says

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