Experts tell HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Leah may be battling feelings of loss and guilt.
“You definitely can suffer depression from a miscarriage,” Dr. Susan Abbott, a private-practicing psychiatrist in NYC, reveals. Leah may be having “feelings of guilt or [that she wasn't] worthy of being a mother.”
According to Dr. Abbott, Leah would be showing symptoms of “a very low mood, sleep disturbance, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, and the physical signs of loss of appetite or weight loss” if she is depressed.
“Often it’s related to the abrupt change in hormones and the psychological element of a sense of loss,” agrees Dr. Lawrence Balter, a psychologist in NYC focusing on parenting. “That kind of loss since you are invested in the baby can lead to depression.”
Hormones cause Leah to feel this way. “Estrogen and progesterone levels fall to very low levels after a pregnancy,” Dr. Tara Solomon, Medical Director of the Women’s Wellness Center of South Florida, explains.
All three experts agree that if Leah’s depression lasts longer than several weeks that it’s important for her to seek professional help.
- Lindsey DiMattina
More Teen Mom News: