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You’re Not Alone: The Truth About Postpartum Depression

You’ve seen the pictures on social media: happy new mothers holding their swaddled, sleeping newborn.

Exhausted, you looked in the mirror. You didn’t have enough energy to put on makeup and you still have no idea why your newborn won’t sleep.

You scrolled through a trove of pictures of smiling families with their babies and wondered, “What am I doing wrong? What am I missing?”

You felt alone.

According to Douglas M. Addy, MD, FACOG an OB/GYN at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, that misconception is a new mother’s first mistake. You’re not alone.

While commercials, social media and magazines may portray motherhood as a perfectly joyous time, Dr. Addy said many new moms experience depression after giving birth, something often referred to as the baby blues. And 10 percent of all women who give birth experience postpartum depression, a debilitating form of depression that can, in extreme cases, be life threatening to both a new mom and her children.

“Postpartum depression can get so bad that it’s difficult to care for yourself, much less your baby, or anyone else in your family,” Dr. Addy said. “It can be a psychiatric emergency that needs to be monitored closely to make sure you’re getting better.”

Despite the severity of this condition, many women with postpartum depression often go untreated because of the stigma associated with it.

Dr. Douglas Addy

“When you have a baby, you’re supposed to be so happy that the baby is there,” Dr. Addy said. “It’s really hard for people to come to grips with what happens to their moods, and they may feel as if they’re not bonding with their baby. These women consider their feelings a sign of weakness, but it isn’t.”

Diagnosing postpartum depression can be difficult because many new moms brush off the symptoms that include lack of sleep, no appetite and an overwhelming sense of sadness as something women experience as part of childbirth.

“Women with postpartum depression find themselves crying at everything,” Dr. Addy said. “Anything can trigger an emotional response, which makes normal activities impossible.”

While the medical community knows that hormonal changes after pregnancy lead to postpartum depression, which specific hormonal changes have not been identified.

There is help for women struggling with depression after childbirth. They only need to speak with their doctor. Currently, most pediatricians also screen new moms for postpartum depression.

If a medical professional feels you have depression, he or she may refer you to a counselor, prescribe an antidepressant, or refer you to a psychiatrist for treatment. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help.

“While postpartum depression will eventually get better, it can take a long time and there’s no need for new moms to needlessly suffer,” Dr. Addy said.

Carolina Women’s Physicians Opens New Office In Irmo

Carolina Women’s Physicians has opened a new office in Irmo to better serve its patients. Located near Lexington Medical Center Irmo at 7045 St. Andrews Road, patients will have access to the same services offered at the practice’s West Columbia location.

Pictured left to right: Amy McMillan, PA; Julie A. Reed, MD; Elizabeth S. Lambert, MD; Jennifer A. Greene, MD; Allyson I. Jones, MD; and Samantha F. Morton, MD

“Since I joined Carolina Women’s Physicians five years ago, patients have asked me if we would ever open an office in Irmo. We’re happy to say that we listened, and our Irmo location is now open,” said Julie Reed, MD.

The providers at Carolina Women’s Physicians – Jennifer Greene, MD; Allyson Jones, MD; Elizabeth Lambert, MD; Samantha Morton, MD; Julie Reed, MD; and Amy McMillan, PA – and their teams will rotate their schedules between the two offices, which means patients will receive the same compassionate care for women, by women at the Irmo location.

“All of our providers are excited about this new space. We have so many patients from the Irmo/Chapin area, and we hope they will enjoy the convenience of this office for years to come,” said Dr. Morton.

This location is extra special to some of the providers at the practice because they call this area home.

“Our children and families are part of this community. We’re delighted to make our practice part of it as well,” said Dr. Jones.

Appointments at Carolina Women’s Physicians’ West Columbia and Irmo locations are available Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. For more information about the practice and its providers, visit CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com.

Two Convenient Locations
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169

7045 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Now Accepting Patients
(803) 936-7590

Sandhills Women’s Care Has New Location in Northeast Columbia

Sandhills Women’s Care has moved into a new location in Northeast Columbia at 233 Longtown Road. The spacious, 15,000-sq-ft office has 14 exam rooms, a procedure room, two ultrasound suites and two labs. Patients also have access to two new services – 3-D mammography and DEXA scans.

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In addition to the Northeast Columbia location, Sandhills Women’s Care also has an office in West Columbia inside Lexington Medical Park 1 on the hospital campus.

3-D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), is recommended for women who are having their first screening mammogram or those who have dense breast tissue. The Sandhills Women’s Care office in Northeast Columbia is the second location in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to offer this state-of-the-art technology. DEXA scans use X-rays to show the strength of bones. In general, the denser the bone, the stronger it is, and the less likely it is to break or fracture. The practice also offers 3D/4D ultrasounds.

The providers at Sandhills Women’s Care are Douglas M. Addy, MD; Jully A.F. Aguirre, MD; Thomas C. Austin, MD; Crystal Y. Johnson, MD; and Jennifer B. Linfert, MD. Dr. Aguirre and Dr. Linfert joined the practice recently.

amberg_160107_078“We are extremely excited to not only have this beautiful new facility, but to continue welcoming Dr. Jully Aguirre and Dr. Jennifer Linfert into our practice. We think the ability to do mammograms and bone density scans will be an enormous benefit and convenience to any patient who lives in Northeast Columbia,” said Dr. Addy.

The new Northeast Columbia location of Sandhills Women’s Care provides patients with quality services close to their homes or jobs. And the practice is large enough to continue to meet the health care needs of the community as it grows. With five board-certified physicians, Sandhills Women’s Care offers patients of all ages a full range of obstetric and gynecologic services — from routine well care to specialized diagnostics.

Northeast Columbia location
233 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 788-0268

West Columbia location
Lexington Medical Park 1
2728 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 202
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936 – 7099

Sandhills Women’s Care is accepting new patients.

Visit SandhillsWomensCare.com.