A consulting psychiatrist at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.), Dr. Carol Lynn Childers treats patients with a variety of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Carol Lynn Childers also serves as a consulting psychiatrist for the Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation at H.A.S.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects approximately one in seven women following childbirth and is characterized by extreme anxiety, sadness, or exhaustion that interfere with daily activities. Women who experience PPD find it difficult to care for themselves or others due to the severity of symptoms, which usually require treatment to alleviate. Symptoms may manifest shortly before or any time after childbirth and range from strong feelings of hopelessness or anger to oversleeping and physical aches and pains. Some women also have trouble bonding or forming emotional attachments with their newly born infants as a result of PPD.
The Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation honors a woman who lost her life to PPD, and focuses on educating the public about PPD and providing essential information to new mothers, pregnant women, and their families. Programs administered by the foundation also offer educational and training opportunities for health care professionals. In addition, the foundation keeps healthcare professionals informed of treatment best practices, new screening tools, and effective treatment programs for PPD.