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Postpartum Depression


Mystie Johnson, MD, a board-certified OB/Gyn,  is chief medical officer at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and was one of  the first physicians on  staff at Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Text:  This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Text: Mystie Johnson, MD - Chairman of the Dept. of Obstetrics/Gynecology, BANNER ESTRELLA MEDICAL CENTER

*Note: Dr. Johnson is now the Chief Medical Officer at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

Image: Mystie Johnson, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Mystie Johnson, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Estrella Medical Center. Today I‘d like to talk to you about…”


Audio: “…postpartum depression.”

Text: 80% of new moms experience some mood disturbances

Audio:  “…as many as 80-percent of new moms experience some mood disturbances after pregnancy. They may feel upset, alone, afraid or unloving toward their baby and may experience guilt for having these feelings.”

Text: Cry More Easily, Have Trouble Sleeping, Irritable, Sad, and on Edge

Audio:  “A woman with the blues may cry more easily than usual and have trouble sleeping, or feel irritable, sad, and on edge emotionally.”

Text: Baby Blues

Audio:  “This emotional state, often referred to as the baby blues, is a passing state of heightened emotions…”

Text: Occurs in about ½ of women who have recently given birth

Audio:  “…that occurs in about half of women who have recently given birth.”

Text: For most women, symptoms are mild, Peaking around 3-5 days after delivery, Lasting no more than 2 weeks

Audio:  “For most women, the symptoms are mild, peaking about three to five days after delivery, and lasting no more than two weeks. When these feelings persist beyond two weeks and include…”

Text: Restlessness, Anxiety, Fatigue, Worthlessness

Audio:  “…feelings of restlessness, anxiety, fatigue, and worthlessness, women could be suffering from…”


Audio:  “…postpartum depression. Researches think that changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy may lead to postpartum depression.”

Text: 10-20%

Audio:  “Only 10 to 20-percent of women develop this more disabling postpartum mood disorder…”


Audio:  “…usually a few months after delivery. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression does not go away quickly. Women at higher risk for postpartum depression may have a history of major depression, psychosocial stress, inadequate social support and previous premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Contrary to how women experiencing postpartum depression may feel, this emotional state does not interfere with their ability to care for their baby. In rare instances, women may suffer a more serious disorder called…”


Audio:  “…postpartum psychosis, which requires immediate attention. Women with this condition typically experience psychotic symptoms that include delusions, hallucinations, or both. A woman experiencing psychosis can appear well at times, fooling health professionals and caregivers into thinking that she has recovered. If untreated, postpartum psychosis has a high likely hit of coming back after the postpartum period and also after the birth of other children.”

Text: For more information, talk to your health care provider

Audio:  “If you think you have symptoms of postpartum depression, tell your health care provider. You may be referred to a counselor or started on medication to help you recover.”

Text:     For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please Visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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Page Last Modified: 02/05/2014
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