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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The birth of a baby can be one of the happiest moments of a woman's life, but for some that precious bundle of joy can bring with it depression.

New details are emerging about the mental state of Mariam Carey. Capitol Police say they shot and killed Carey as she tried to ram barricades and led them on a chase.

Carey's mother has come forward claiming she had Postpartum Depression and has even been hospitalized for it.

A local OBGYN says violence is not a sign of PPD.

"In recent history there have been plenty examples of people committing violent acts or acts that we wouldn't otherwise expect from them presumable due to mental illness," Columbus Regional OBGYN Dr. Timothy Villegas said.

Authorities report 34-year-old Carey possibly suffered from Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders after finding medications to treat the diseases inside her Stamford, Connecticut home.

Carey's mother spoke out stating her daughter suffered from postpartum depression.

Dr. Villegas says a woman with PPD rarely acts out in violence; however, if she is experiencing Postpartum Psychosis anything is possible.

"Fortunately it's quite rare. The incidents that we call postpartum psychosis where women have hallucinations and delusions and potentially perform violent acts to include suicide and fantacide you're talking about one in a 1000 type of incidents," said Dr. Villegas said.

There are reports Carey's boyfriend told police she was delusional and believed President Obama was holding her captive and spying on her.

First-time mothers are more at risk of being diagnosed with mental health disorders including PPD, according to Dr. Villegas.

"That may be a physical or biochemical thing or it may be there are emotional components to it or a family support type of component to it. It's hard to say for sure because there are so many factors involved," Dr. Villegas said.

Dr. Villegas believed education and removing the illusion of what a mother should act and look like, as well as diminishing the stigma surrounding depression is the way to help mothers deal with mental illness.

It has become protocol for new mother's to be screened for PPD.

For more information on symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Psychosis: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/postpartum-depression/DS00546/DSECTION=symptoms

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