4 thoughts on “Depressed mothers face barriers to treatment

  1. Hi,
    I’m a coordinator for Postpartum Support Int’l in CT. Thank you for running this informative article! Awareness is key to assistance and prevention!
    I would like to suggest one correction — women with postpartum psychosis do not generally express “hate” for their children OR a “desire” to harm or kill them. In fact, many, if not most, actually act out of LOVE plus DELUSIONS. They may believe they are “saving” their children or that the child will – Christ-like – return to life, or that the child is really something else – a doll, a devil, etc. But it is unlikely that postpartum psychosis would cause a woman to “hate her unborn child or infant.”
    One reason this distinction is important is that if we believe the woman acted out of hate or desire to harm it is easy to then blame that woman and not the illness. If we blame the woman, we are less likely to take steps to prevent or treat this illness.
    Again, thank you for this article.

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