Why Aren’t Women Speaking Up About Postpartum Depression

 

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Why Aren’t Women Speaking Up About Postpartum Depression? You had postpartum depression after a previous pregnancy. You have family members who’ve had depression or other mood disorders (family history). You’ve experienced stressful events during the past year, such as pregnancy complications, illness or job loss. Why Aren’t Women Speaking Up About Postpartum Depression?

By Vera Sizensky. Created: 11/14/2018. Last Updated: 02/21/2020. If only seeking medical care for postpartum depression (PPD) were as straightforward as seeking medical care for a sinus infection.

If you feel at all uncomfortable speaking up about what you are feelin. At first, baby blues might be blamed for the postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms that crop up about a week to a month after nearly 15 percent of births. But postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can last much longer and can interfere with a woman’s capability to care for herself or her family. We don’t speak up about postpartum depression because society has led us to believe that having a mental illness is our fault.

Admitting to it is admitting that we were one of the weak ones who fell susceptible to the curse that is postpartum depression. One thing that so many of them had in common was the fact that they stayed silent for so much longer than they should have. And there are so many more than 9 reasons why these women chose not to speak up about what they were feeling Here is a list of over 50 reasons why mothers don’t speak up about postpartum depression. But some women, up to 1 in 7, experience a much more serious mood disorder — postpartum depression. (Postpartum psychosis, a condition that may involve psychotic symptoms like delusions or hallucinations, is a different disorder and is very rare.) Unlike. Common themes I hear are that moms who suffer from postpartum depression worry that this is a “failure” that is predictive of several further parenting failures in the future.

Or that, since they endured such horrific depression this time, they might as well give up hope of ever having a second child for fear of having a similar experience. So when women like Drew, like Gwyneth, like Hayden, like Marie Osmond, and Brooke Shields speak out on their experiences with postpartum depression, it gives me hope. Why a new mom would want to keep her postpartum depression a secret is entirely up to her, and is a decision probably made for a variety of reasons.

Viewers were left emotional following last night’s episode of E4’s Supernanny USA after Jo Frost encouraged mother-of-four Maria to open up about her postpartum depression.

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Women who are more susceptible to postpartum depression include those women who suffer from depression, have experienced postpartum depression in a previous pregnancy, have severe PMS or PMDD, and/or are experiencing other stressors in their family, marriage, or life at the time of the birth.

“New Dimensions In Women's Health” by Linda Alexander, Judith LaRosa, Helaine Bader, Susan Garfield
from New Dimensions In Women’s Health
by Linda Alexander, Judith LaRosa, et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2009

women and their health care providers mistakenly believe that even serious mood symptoms are normal postpartum reactions, and many women may be afraid or embarrassed to disclose that they are suffering from depression.

“Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry E-Book” by Theodore A. Stern, Gregory L. Fricchione, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum
from Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry E-Book
by Theodore A. Stern, Gregory L. Fricchione, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

No one knows exactly what causes postpartum depression, but women who have faced depression before are more vulnerable to it.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

It’s been suggested that women be assessed to determine if they are possible candidates for postpartum depression.

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from HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The Natural Approach to Safer, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing The Mongan Method, 4th Edition
by Marie Mongan
Health Communications, Incorporated, 2015

However, because of the timing of postpartum depression, the possible role of reproductive hormones, and the special significance that many women and clinicians attach to depression during the postpartum period, specific treatments for postpartum depression have been developed.

“Postpartum Depression and Child Development” by Lynne Murray, Peter J. Cooper
from Postpartum Depression and Child Development
by Lynne Murray, Peter J. Cooper
Guilford Publications, 1999

According to recent estimates, women with postpartum psychiatric disorders have an over 80-fold increased risk of violent death and are about 290 times more likely to commit suicide in the first year postpartum compared to mothers without mental disorders.

“Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology” by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, Stergios Doumouchtsis, Lynette Denny
from Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, et. al.
Oxford University Press, 2019

Although the postpartum blues are usually mild and shortlived, approximately 10% to 15% of women experience a more severe syndrome termed postpartum depression (PPD).

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Many women without a history of mental health issues also experience postpartum depression.

“Psychiatric Nursing eBook” by Norman L. Keltner, Debbie Steele
from Psychiatric Nursing eBook
by Norman L. Keltner, Debbie Steele
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Some women may be vulnerable to depression during the time when they experience hormonal change; this would account for the link between premenstrual syndrome and postpartum depression history and depression during the menopausal transition.

“Women's Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing” by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
from Women’s Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

Women vulnerable to depression prior to delivery tend to have depressions that extend into the postpartum period.

“Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition: PDM-2” by Vittorio Lingiardi, Nancy McWilliams
from Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition: PDM-2
by Vittorio Lingiardi, Nancy McWilliams
Guilford Publications, 2017

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  • IS IT BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST TOO POOR???????

    You spread that legs like an eagle hungry for freedom. Sperm and egg met. You and Him got no savings, does not even have money enough for babies first month alive. Now you worry about everything financial problems. Now you are sad and missing the life with freedom. Now you are depressed because everything negative came crushing down on you. and where did it all start? It started with the sex. Why it escalated to depression? because you are poor.

  • I’m 2 months pregnant and stopped anxiety med…After a month of stopping med I started feel fatigue it it remains every day..can it be coz of skipping med… I m helpless

  • My mother had mild post partum depression but she never really got help for it and already she had mental health do to past abuse that she suffered like anxiety and ciggeret smoking addiction but it got worse over time and got together with the wrong people so ended up raising us really bad like abuse and neglect and stuff but not all people with mental disorders will abuse people just there risk that if they do have untreated mental health problems it makes it more likely that they will

  • I am certain I was left with un-diagnosed PP depression when i was a teen mom. It lasted for years because of the EX husbands toxic family inability to recognize what was happening and made the situation worse from Extreme lack of support. In the end after 4 years of trying (and failing) to be a mother, I lost my son in divorce from the abusive ex, because the EX fam was able to support him where mine was not able too. Even though i have 30% custody rights, because of the lack of care for myself and my son due to PP Depression, they continue to this day deny my rights of seeing him. PP depression can be disastrous if left untreated.

  • Dr Marks
    My wife I believe had this looking forward to part two. By the way I’m familiar with Lamictal. Also not interested in antipsychotics list but thank you for your help i’m already a zombie ��‍♂️. General repair

  • “relaxing mama prenatal” by secretsoftea a natural cure to get over postpartum depression, this an herbal tea for moms struggling with postpartum depression. Having a cup before meal is the trick to overcome the symptoms.

  • I went through postpartum depression and I was finally able to make a video about my symptoms and my experience with it. It’s hard but we can over come it!! ❤️

  • Dr. Marks, thank you SO MUCH for this video. There really has to be more discussion about post partum depression as it is so debilitating and can have such dire consequences for the mother, the baby and the family as a whole. I was hospitalized with post partum depression with my second child. I consider myself lucky to be alive. Support for the mother and baby is so important, and is something I missed out on. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

  • My son is already 2 years and a half but I still experienced this kind of thing. I feel I’m not good enough, and not a good mother to my son. I’m sorry baby, I’ll make it up to you. Mama loves you so much. I keep on fighting just to make this go away but it keeps on and on everyday. My son is already affected with my behavior and I don’t want to keep it that way. God please help me!

  • I developed postpartum depression after both pregnancies. Both of my children went on to later be diagnosed with autism. I, myself, was also diagnosed with autism and bipolar 1. I’m not sure if the bipolar came before or after my pregnancies but I did not experience my first apparent mania until years after giving birth. What you described about the more subtle effects of PPD is spot on. Another thing I learned is that OCD-like intrusive thoughts are a common symptom of PPD. Eight years after the birth of my first son, I still feel guilty and ashamed for some of my thoughts during that time. I also did not know to seek help the first time and my son and I suffered greatly because of it. He was a difficult newborn and he cried all of the time. He was diagnosed with severe reflux which exacerbated his crying which in turn, made my intrusive thoughts worse. I am now in treatment but suffice it to say, his and my relationship has taken years to rebuild due to the damage of untreated postpartum depression.

  • when I had my daughter a year-and-a-half ago, I thought I was having baby blues but after watching this video I realized that baby blues don’t last longer than 10 days so I most definitely had postpartum depression. I felt like I didn’t or couldn’t feel love for her until she was six months. Before that it just felt like work that I wasn’t sure I should have signed up for. Thanks for the informative video. ��

  • My mom has this. It’s my fault. All my fault. If I were never born she would be fine. Should I kill myself? Would that make her depression go away?

  • My wife was cured of postpartum depression. My wife Maya was a 32-year-old fit, vibrant lawyer. we been married for more than five years and was expecting our first child, a baby boy. She had a history of depression and generalised anxiety disorder. She was doing well with a combination of medication and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for many years. Maya had decided in the months leading up to getting pregnant that she wanted to be off medication and worked with her psychiatrist to carefully get off medication. She continued weekly therapy. She was mostly active, upbeat and cheerful during her pregnancy. She gave birth to a healthy 7.3-pound baby boy. After the delivery, she started to feel sad, overwhelmed and consistently tearful. She frequently felt irritable and on edge. This feeling persisted for the first 10 weeks after the baby was born. My wife felt utterly incapable of soothing our baby and get frustrated and tearful. She was so afraid of what she had learned about sudden infant death (SIDS), that she would barely allow herself to sleep. She felt that it was a constant race against the clock—with nursing, pumping and changing. She was always cleaning bottles and diapers. She felt horrified with how she looked. She had expected to wear pre-pregnancy clothes immediately after childbirth. She hadn’t had a meal in peace or gotten her hair or nails done and couldn’t even think about having sex. My wife’s psychiatrist said she could’t control Maya’s mental state. They talked about a variety of tools, including CBT, incorporating 15-20 minutes of daily relaxation, mindfulness skills, hiring help, getting her Mom to stay with her for a few weeks and other support. I understood the urgency of the situation and offered to take time off work and to do some of the overnight feedings. Nor of this could work as she get more worried. She always feel tearful and felt she was a “failure as a Mom.” our baby cry incessantly and she could barely get sleep. Our baby also had high level of bilirubin and had a bit of neonatal jaundice and she blamed herself for it. After being monitored in the NICU, he was sent home. postpartum depression got my wife frustrated until we got to do some search is there could be a permanent way to cure it and found a testimony of a lady cured by Dr odia, After being monitored in the NICU, We decide to contact the Herbalist for a cure. All our pains and sorrows turn to joy and history from the day we came in contact with Dr Odia, Who really help with his herbal herbs, I WAS TOLD HE IS A HERBALS AND HE CAN BE OF HELP, We gave him a try and it really worked for my wife, if anyone having same issue you can reach him via: ( Dr Odia Herbalist Home) on Facebook or via( [email protected]) He will help get your heart desire granted.

  • I think this is just a chemical imbalance because I went through the same. overwhelming stress and anxiety postpartum and exaggerated thoughts lead me to insomnia that lasted for about four months, an organic formula “relaxing mama tea” secrets of tea did help me getting out of that agony.

  • Hi! I experienced post partpum OCD and was never told anything about it and it left me paralyzed with fear. I also had thyroid cancer and had two thyriodectomies within 3 months of having my newborn. I think a lot of it had to do with my thyroid issues. Thanks for the video:)

  • I would like to asked you one more question. I recently saw my psychiatrist am on 5mg lexapro i dont suffer from panic attack i use to around three years ago. I have generalized anxiety and depression. Shes leaving me at 5mg for 3 months. I notice a difference in little things. I know the therapeutic dose it 10mg. I have days where i feel anxious and kinda depress like two days. Would i increase? Should i asked for an increase or wait? I also work out everyday and kinda eat healthy. Would you consider depression resistant even tho, i had suicidal ideation in the past and i was able to get better natural by working out and eating healthy. Now i just nervous about a lot of things an go overthings a lot i know its anxiety. But just want lexapro to work.

  • Dr. Marks, I wish every depressed new mom could hear and believe what you said between 5:39 and 6:07. It would have been so helpful for me when I was depressed.

  • Would you consider talking about the lesser-known post-partum OCD and/or psychosis? I’d be interested to hear about those; I know someone who had intrusive thoughts of hurting her new baby and, despite the fact that she would not have done so, felt like a risk to her own child and started obsessively hiding knives and other sharp things.

  • I’m super depressed right now:( I feel so down, anxious and overwhelmed. I have good days and bad days. I definitely think getting out helps a lot, but when it’s freezing outside and you want to be outside that makes it even more depressing. I feel so cooped up and I want to scream! ����

  • I had my daughter in October, and since the moment the nurse took her away from me I don’t know I haven’t been happy like I should. I cry constantly. Always in fact. My partner the father I don’t know if it’s a sickness that makes me distrust him or what but I’m partial to loving him too much and then not trusting him at all and I just don’t know what’s apart of this hysteria or not anymore. I now suffer with post baby weight to fasting to crying over her father not loving my body or at least I don’t think he does.. I am at a loss. I absolutely can’t help but to drown in this

  • the exact causes of portpartum is unknown. because women wont talk straight to the point. lol.

    when you feel you are starting to get sad, figure out why. do you miss friends? miss the freedom? want to try something. instead of sulking, and subtly asking for TLC.

  • Post natal depression is fake end of it’s an excuse for phsycopathic women to attempt to kill their children and get away with it and if you want to argue against it dont bother my own mum attempted to kill me as a baby twice but pulled out from doing it and shes been telling me since I was 14 years old that I was unwanted and she tried to kill me twice but also said she loves me now so that’s all that matters and the past is the past but its played on my mind ever since I dont know I’m 20 years old and it’s broken me apart from almost all my family for various reason and this is my first time telling this to anyone so if you think you want to come over and argue just dont

  • ”Relaxing Mama Prenatal and Postnatal Tea” of secretsoftea.com, Seems to help with my anxiety and depression. I suffered from insomnia though. I have noticed it helping with my sleep too. This was the first bottle of relaxing mama tea which I have ordered and tried. I liked it enough to order a second bottle. You have to try once.

  • I was diagnosed with MDD and mood swings in 2015 after having a major mental breakdown. I was almost 18 years old. My depression would fluctuate throughout the years. I struggled with years of treatment. I tried 3 different antidepressants when i could afford the visits to the doctor. I knew i was getting depressed again when i pregnant. Maybe all the hormones. Idk. But i had my baby last july by c section and it was the hardest thing ive ever went through. I would cry all the time. I didnt know what i was doing. Finally i went back to get on something. And the medicine helps. I actually feel closer to my baby boy and i dont really cry and shut out the world as bad as i use to. Im less irritable. Im less mean.

  • DEPRESSION SOLUTION: MORE MONEY

    postpartum depressed given money:
    Can afford baby sitters with money.
    Have freedom if you have baby sitter.
    No worries if you know you got you and baby’s future is covered.
    Can afford meds with money.

  • I have been a victim to PPD for the first fortnight after giving birth, bouts of anxiety were so unbearable but ever since I started drinking “relaxing mama tea” by maternitytea.com the symptoms are fading out. healing from the darkest phase of my life.

  • I had Post Part depression with my first child, it is very real. Luckily I didn’t get it too much with my second baby <3 but now my son is three and half and I still feel guilty for feeling the way I felt back then:(