NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Officials say Miriam Carey was delusional and believed that President Obama was communicating with her. They also say she suffered from a host of medical issues including postpartum depression.
Doctors can not say for certain why after giving birth, some women go through postpartum depression and others do not.
What they do know is this it is real and there are varying degrees of it and they point out contrary to the headlines, violent behavior is not typical.
A police chase that began near the White House ends with the death of 34-year-old Miriam Carey shot dead with her one-year-old daughter safe in the car.
Family members say she suffered from postpartum depression.
"If they really aren't functioning then they will often come to medical attention," said Dr. Kimberly Yonkers.
Police reportedly found an anti-depressant drug and another medication to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in the single mother's Stamford condo.
While most women require no treatment...
"Some women have mild symptoms that will last for a week," said Yonkers.
Dr. Kimberly Yonkers at Yale School of Medicine says some can develop severe symptoms known as postpartum psychosis.
"They will look like an individual for example who has manic depressive illness most commonly, sometimes schizophrenia," said Yonkers.
Dr. Yonkers heads up the PMS and Perinatal Research Program.
"The stress of pregnancy, stress of delivery, the biological changes that occur in the human brain may promote the expression of that illness at that time," said Yonkers.
There is also a genetic link.
"Individuals who have an onset of psychotic illness in pregnancy or after the delivery are more likely to have a family member, a mom, or sister, or grandparents who also had a postpartum illness," said Yonkers.
And she makes this point crystal clear.
"It's something that needs to be treated but to have somebody violent is not typical of postpartum depression," said Yonkers.
Dr. Yonkers says some patients will require lifetime treatment for what starts as postpartum depression but goes onto to become a more severe mental health illness.
Treatment includes psychotherapy, anti-psychotic and mood stabilizer drugs.
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