Three things to know about postpartum depression as you read about Miriam Carey and the Capitol car chase

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  1. Davelcorp

    Thank you for the informative post. I hope that more people read this and it helps inform the discussion on PPD.

    I am sad that this forum discussion has been bogged down by statistical nit-pickers who use terms like "nutso" to describe the experience of their own spouse. That sort of attitude doesn't make it very hard to speculate why it would go under reported.

  2. MinnesotaJones

    Good article, and I'm glad you mentioned about post partum psychosis. I found out that my mother suffered from ppp when she had my brother. Neither of us knew until we were in our thirties. And that was only after our father (who had divorced my mother) had told me. (He left it up to me to tell my brother . . . which I did after awhile, though I considered not telling him, too. I mean what are you going to do in that situation?) My mother will take it to the grave unless one of us decides to ask her about it someday.

    I've discovered through NAMI groups, etc, that many people with serious mood disorders and schizoid diagnoses for example don't really use the proper names of their diagnoses, even with their families. They will take their medicine and do what they have to do, but plenty of people who have had psychotic breaks in their past don't directly acknowledge them even in intimate conversations with families and doctors, which is hard to deal with as a family member. (I had to push really hard to find out about some other diagnoses floating around in our family and then work with nurses who helped me learn more about what the diagnoses actually were when they realized I didn't know shit. Point being that people with mental illness and their care providers don't always just volunteer information on a silver platter in my experience.)

    Maybe the communication technology that we have creates a distorting effect for stuff like this. A few people (sufferers or family members) will step forward and advocate about a condition or a related condition on the internet or through classes, support groups, media campaigns, etc, and possibly make the condition (or related conditions) look more "out" than it is.

    That might explain why some people leaving comments seem so aghast (as I was) that post partum psychosis is a real thing that happens relatively frequently. Many of us probably think we're pretty well versed about mental illness thanks to groups like NAMI, so that when we learn about something new, we'd rather call bullshit than face the possibility that we might not know something.

    Plus, the fact that ppp often happens when the mother is still in the hospital where it is quietly treated, and the fact that it hits people who have just had babies, and the fact that it likely won't reoccur . . . those are factors that make advocacy and publicity for ppp less a priority for sufferers and their support people.

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