Monthly Archives March 2015

Postpartum depression: are you misdiagnosed?

Imagine. You’ve just gotten pregnant and the sickness begins. Somehow it doesn’t feel like any normal kind of sickness.  You eat and gain weight nearly uncontrollably.  You have a hunch what it is, but the doctor diagnoses you with normal pregnancy issues and ignores your concerns. You give birth to your little precious being and somehow, unexplainably, you picture yourself throwing him against the wall.  The depression is unbearable.  You’re unable to lose weight no matter what you try. You are extremely exhausted.  You beg your doctor to check your thyroid, knowing it could be the culprit.  They find, after ignoring you the first time, that your TSH came back at 100 (normal range is 0.5-2.5). Awareness about thyroid issues is lacking. This is a problem as it’s leading to many women being misdiagnosed with postpartum depression and automatically prescribed antidepressants.  Unfortunately, doctors aren’t perfect. Many of them are jumping to the
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