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Capitol Hill shooting puts postpartum depression, psychosis in spotlight

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Officials say the woman who was shot and killed at the U.S. Capitol Thursday was delusional and believed President Obama was communicating with her.

Miriam Carey had her 1-year-old daughter in the car when she was killed. Her family says Carey's struggle began shortly after she gave birth a year ago and she suffered a severe form of postpartum depression.

WATCH: Full interview with Dr. Reminick on symptoms of postpartum depression, psychosis

It's a problem that's more common than many people realize and often misunderstood. The Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois says around 1 in 5 new moms suffer some form of depression. The symptoms can range from relatively minor baby blues to significant anxiety, fear, and depression.

Doctors say the behavior of Miriam Carey may indicate a much rarer and much more devastating condition called postpartum psychosis, which affects less than one half of one percent of women after child birth.

Carol Blocker has become an outspoken advocate for more awareness of the disorder and understanding of the women who suffer it. Blocker joins FOX 32 to discuss the issue and share her story.

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