Participate in a Study
To be considered for this postpartum depression research study, please complete the following information:
What’s in it for me?
There are several reasons people participate in clinical research:
- Gain access to treatments before they are publicly available
- Obtain a psychiatric evaluation and physical exam at no cost
- Help others by contributing to medical research
- Available medications are not helping to relieve symptoms
- No cost medications
- Possibility of experiencing less side effects than current treatment
- No cost to you – no insurance is needed to participate
- Receive compensation for time and travel (can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars)
Postpartum Depression Overview
PPD is considered to be moderate to severe depression in women who have recently given birth, otherwise defined as the occurrence of major depressive disorder (MDD) within 4 weeks of delivery or up to a year after giving birth. PPD is common and has devastating consequences for the woman and for her family. Postpartum depression is reported to be the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in America. Furthermore, it is the most common psychiatric illness to occur after childbirth. A meta-analysis of 30 studies found that the point prevalence of major and minor depression ranged between 6.5% and 12.9% at different times during the first postpartum year. Overall incidence is estimated at around 15% to 20% with up to 10% being considered severe.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Helpful information to know about symptoms of postpartum depression:
- Your “baby blues” don’t get better and the feelings are growing more intense.
- Sadness or guilt consume your thoughts. Crying spells, often feel unhappy about being a parent, or you’re often “down on yourself” as a mom, these may be among the first signs of postpartum depression.
- You lose interest in things you enjoy.
- You have trouble making decisions.
- You worry you won’t be a good mom. Having constant doubts about yourself as a mother could mean something else.
- Your sleep patterns have changed.
- You think about harming yourself.