Every few months, a discussion of Postpartum depression pops up in conversation in social media and in the news. Recently, it has become a hot topic, presumably because of the car chase in Washington D.C. The morning after the driver was shot and killed after trying to break down barricades of the Capitol, several nataionl news organizations blasted headlines such as “Capital Car Chase Suspect Believed to be Delusional, Emotionally Distrubed” (with the web address reading a much less dramatic “depressed…” and “Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression.” I only wish I could find the cite to the news article which read something like car crash suspect had mental issues.
All weekend I was waiting for something to blow up and to turn into a warning on the DANGERS of pospartum depression. Of course, there would be sprinklings of articles of “what to watch for” and “how to help”, but the focus would be postpartum depression = stalking the President
And low and behold, I read an article published on Babble, and then on Yahoo Shine, asking the public if it’s time to take notice of pospatum depression: Woman Shot at Capitol Building Had Postpartum Depression – is it Finally Time to Take Notice?
with THIS: “Over and over, it seems that when women are involved in acts of violence, often harming their own children, PPD is the root.”
No. no no no no no no no. NOOOOOOOOOOO.
This, my friends, is why so many women do not talk about their experience with postpartum depression.
And that, my friends, is why I’m going to talk about mine.