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PHOENIX -- It's a story that made national headlines -- the Southern California mother who allegedly threw her 7-month-old son from the fourth floor of a hospital parking garage. That baby died. The woman's husband said Sonia Hermosillo, 31, had been hospitalized for postpartum depression.
Tara Hitchcock sat down with Dr. Matthew Wilson to talk about the symptoms of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
Some amount of emotional turmoil is common once a woman gives birth. But when do those roiling emotions become dangerous?
Wilson said about 80 percent of his patients suffer from the "baby blues." Symptoms include mood swings, anxiety, sadness and crying, irritability and trouble sleeping.
Postpartum depression is much more serious and the symptoms -- loss of appetite, insomnia, intense irritability or anger, overwhelming fatigue, loss of interest in sex, feelings of shame or inadequacy, severe mood swings, difficulty bonding with the baby, withdrawal from family and friends, and thoughts of harming oneself of the baby -- are more intense.
While he of course cannot make a diagnosis based on a news story, Wilson believes it's possible Hermosillo might have been suffering from postpartum psychosis.
This is an extremely dangerous condition with symptoms that include confusion and disorientation, hallucinations and delusions, paranoia and attempts to harm oneself or the baby.