Post-Partum Depression


My 34-Year-Old Patient Was Post-Menopausal

When I saw Marian, I was shocked. One year after giving birth, she was 35 pounds heavier than her pre-pregnancy weight. She also felt very stressed, and was unable to sleep soundly at night. She had lost any sexual desire, had not menstruated since giving birth, and suffered from skin itchiness, crankiness, breast tenderness and bloating.

Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

At long last, people are talking about postpartum depression. Dismissed for years as no more than a touch of the baby blues (or else unheard of entirely), PPD has become an open subject. But despite this progress, postpartum depression remains misunderstood in one very critical regard: namely, that it's something that only happens to, and thus only adversely affects, mothers.

Postpartum Rage is Common in New Mothers

Imagine a time you totally lost your temper. When you were so consumed by anger you felt it as a physical thing, adrenaline racing through your body and blocking out all rational thought. When your first instinct, as though it were primal, was to throw something so it would shatter into a thousand pieces and break whatever spell had overtaken you.