As a country, we are very supportive of our men and women serving in the armed forces. An important, but sometimes overlooked way to show support is by remembering that deployment takes a great toll on the families at home. A new study in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine reveals that this stress leads to a much higher occurence of postitive screenings for postpartum depression in the wives of deployed servicemen.
The results of this study serve as a reminder to professionals, as well as friends and family of these women, that they carry a significantly increased risk for experiencing PPD. Mobilizing support and connecting her to proper treatment are essential to allay her suffering.