Dr Marlene Casiano
- Barrington, IL, US
Dr. Marlene Casiano, a psychiatrist with a solo practice in Barrington, Illinois, has focused much of her career on helping women with mental health challenges. Featured on an NBC special report on postpartum depression, Dr. Marlene Casiano has also published several peer-reviewed studies on mental illness and childbirth. Postpartum depression can be difficult for new mothers to identify. Its symptoms, such as fatigue and mood changes, often bear a close resemblance to the stress-induced normal behaviors of early parenthood. Postpartum depression differs from these normal experiences, however, in that it is a clinical condition that also presents with feelings of hopelessness, loss of joy, feelings of guilt or inadequacy as a mother and persists for weeks or months. Thought to be in part, precipitated by the dramatic decrease in hormone levels after childbirth, postpartum depression can be difficult for both the mother and her loved ones. Risk factors include a past history of depression or postpartum depression, lack of social support, and marital stress. The mother may experience a lack of interest or difficulty with bonding toward her child, which can in turn lead to feelings of guilt or fear of judgment. Both the patient and her family must remember that these thoughts are symptoms of disease rather than personal shortcomings. Experts warn that at the first sign of any indication that the mother is worried about hurting herself or her baby, she should seek immediate medical attention.