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Depression increase among new moms during coronavirus era prompts South Bay mental health expansion

Depression increase among new moms during coronavirus era prompts South Bay mental health expansion
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FILE – In this July 14, 2020, file photo, people wait in line for coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium. The “new normal” is exacting a heavier than normal toll on mental health issues. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) A 5% surge in cases of depression among new moms this year has prompted Providence Southern California to expand a model maternal mental health program that started in Orange County to the South Bay and San Fernando Valley, the medical provider said. Usually about 15% of mothers are diagnosed with post-partum depression, but this year doctors are seeing depression in 1 in every 5 mothers at its dozen hospitals in the region. “A year dominated by a pandemic, social unrest, very divisive politics an..

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