February 27, 2016

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Saralyn Mark, MD
Mental health is just as important.
This tragic scenario highlights the need for better healthcare for women, especially mental healthcare. There is often so much focus on women's reproductive health and less focus on keeping women healthy throughout their lives.

Postpartum depression can lead women to have harmful thoughts about their babies, but could it cause a mom to engage in erratic behavior?

That’s what many are asking following the death of Miriam Carey, the 34-year-old dental hygienist who was shot and killed by police Thursday after she ran her car into a barricade near the White House and led officers on a high-speed chase through the Washington D.C. streets towards the Capitol building.

Carey was driving with her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat. She reportedly had “emotional issues,” CBS News correspondent John Miller said.

Her mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News her daughter suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her baby in August 2012.

“A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed…. She was hospitalized,” Idella Carey said…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.