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Actress sheds light on postpartum depression, Sikeston doctor shares insight

Dr. Fallan Mayabb is an OB-GYN at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She says Panettiere’s story could inspire women everywhere to seek help. Dr. Fallan Mayabb is an OB-GYN at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She says Panettiere’s story could inspire women everywhere to seek help.
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

Actress Hayden Panettiere announced she is in treatment for postpartum depression. The actress said she's struggled since her daughter was born in December.

Dr. Fallan Mayabb is an OB-GYN at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. She said Panettiere’s story could inspire women everywhere to seek help. 

Dr. Mayabb said about eight to 15 percent of women have postpartum depression. She said part of the problem is that many women think their symptoms are normal for having just given birth.

“If you start to feel like the feelings you have aren’t normal, and it’s just beyond the sleep-deprivation and waking up every couple hours, you can’t drag yourself out of bed, you can’t sleep even when your baby is sleeping, you don’t feel like sleeping, you don’t feel like doing anything at all, then bring those symptoms up to your doctor,” Dr. Mayabb said.

She said it’s important to know the difference in normal postpartum symptoms and postpartum depression symptoms.

"Any time after you have a baby it's supposed to be a joyful time. And when it's not, it adds to that whole feeling of inadequacy and feeling guilty and 'Why do I feel this way? Why can't I just be happy?' And it's really hard to deal with and it's really hard to get those moms to even admit they feel these feelings to get the help they need,” Dr. Mayabb said.

Dr. Mayabb said here are signs to look for:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Severe lack of energy
  • Feeling overly emotional, anxious, or moody
  • You simply don't feel like yourself
  • Symptoms Persist

Dr. Mayabb said while postpartum depression isn't preventable, it is treatable. She said the key is catching it before it gets too bad.

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