In a Facebook post now viral, Jessica wrote, "I tell them I have a very strong support system at home, so even though I would never hurt myself or baby, I'm I have violent thoughts and I need medication.
Next, Jessica claims that the nurse practitioner left the room and called the police – not to stop her, but to bring her to the emergency room for an evaluation. "They told me that they had to deal with it in emergencies," she explains Women's Health .
(Do you want the biggest news of the day and trend stories in your mailbox? Sign up for our newsletter "So This Happened".)
Related files Women share what they had through suicidal thoughts
Once arrived at the hospital, Jessica says she's been taking a blood test and that's ## 39, a urine sample was taken. During the entire test, which lasted 10 hours, Jessica had her four month old baby with her. "There was no comfortable place for me to sit down and look after her, they took off my shoes and I wandered in socks," she says. took her clothes so that she could not hurt herself with them.
"The attitude of the hospital staff from the beginning was very" I'm really sorry, but I have to do it, it's just our protocol, "says Jessica.
At 10:45 pm, Jessica finally met with a social worker for assessment. "If I did not get fooled, I would have to wait 72 hours and be separated from my family, but I kept telling them that I was not going to hurt myself or my children," he says.
She says that the social worker decided not to put her into psychiatric detention and dismissed her.Although she says that the social worker was very caring and caring, she could not do much except handing over her papers to women with postpartum depression
"I leave the ER at midnight, my mind is more broken than ever. follow-up appointments, never talked to a doctor, "wrote Jessica in her Facebook post.
According to ABC News, who covered the story, Jessica's ob-gyn office confirmed that she had an appointment that day. ABC News also reports that the Sacramento Police Department has verified that they responded to a call that day. And although the hospital does not check events because of privacy, the news network says that Jessica showed them hospital discharge papers.
Here's how depression feels:
Jessica's story is alarming – but it's not the norm for all women with symptoms of PPD. According to Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Yale University School of Medicine, most obstetricians use postpartum screenings to assess women and determine who may be at risk. (You should also be examined at the pediatrician's office, according to the 2010 guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.)
"If this is not an emergency-the patient is not not suicidal-we can take care of women in Women should not be afraid to discuss these problems with providers, "she adds.
However, if a patient confesses to having Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting the baby, or if he plans to do so, then the doctor is obliged to do more than just give advice in the office. "In these situations, the doctors are obliged to" do it. " bring the patient to an emergency department for immediate assessment, "says Minkin.
Regardless, you should feel supported by your healthcare team. The Seleni Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on emotional health in families, suggests opening it to the doctor you trust most (whether it is your GP or an obstetrician) and bring to the office a list of symptoms, issues, and concerns . It is also important to express even scary thoughts without worrying about being judged.
"In obstetrics, I hope we take all women seriously with these problems and hope that we have improved by evaluating the treatment of these women," adds Minkin
How to Search of help for PPD
] While in her original post, Jessica said that she was still dealing with her emotions about the ordeal, she now has a clear picture of how she wants her experience to help other moms.
"Millions of Women" Jessica says, "I want to do everything I can to end the stigma around this.
She adds, "I want to make sure that the other people they serve receive quality care. I want to fix it, "she says.
Related: What it's really like to have severe postpartum depression
If you're a new mom who may be suffering from postpartum depression, Jessica urges you to reach out to someone you trust. You can also call the Postpartum Support International line at 1-800-944-4773.