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Jenny Mason-Frey plays with her 3-month-old son, Jack Frey, on Feb. 4 in Chicago. Mason-Frey, who delivered her baby at Northwestern, is part of the COMPASS program, which helps new moms with support and treatment for stress, depression and anxiety.

CHICAGO — Jenny Mason-Frey had experienced panic attacks before – sudden waves of anxiety that set her heart racing, her head spinning and made her feel as if she was going to die.

The Chicago woman learned to cope over the years by disengaging from whatever was occupying her. But when she had a panic attack a week after the birth of her son, she knew that would no longer work.

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