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Postpartum Depression: Real, But Still Stigmatized

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  1. Since I am a Major Contributor to our federal Tax System,… Id like to know one thing. How much is thise lame possibly unconstitutional piece of legislation going to cost me?

  2. How about we stop the AFP screening too? It only helps a few, yet many women worry and don’t even understand what it is for. Plus it is often inaccurate.
    And amniocentisis is invasive and dangerous. Plus, wouldn’t a positive screening for Downs Syndrome almost certainly either encourage an abortion or cause the woman lots of stress? Can you imagine the damage of a false positive?
    Actually results of Sonogram/Ultrasounds and even the doppler heart monitor all can cause emotional stress and be inaccurate.
    Why don’t we stop those screenings? Surely they lead to negative outcomes at times.
    And mammograms too, there are now people advocating that we don’t offer screenings for breast cancer until 50 because it “probably” does not save a large % of lives.
    As for me:
    My AFP was wrong.
    My sonogram/ultrasound was wrong and I was told to consider “selective reduction” (which would have KILLED one or both of my perfectly healthy identical twins)based on the misdiagnosis.
    And the doppler heart monitor test was wrong – a few times.
    Yet, in the very same office, I was not offered screening for postpartum mood disorders in spite of being very upset. I had postpartum psychosis and depression.
    Then, at my first routine mammo (offered at age 40), an aggressive invasive cancer was discovered. I now have a second chance. Had I waited until 50 it would have almost certainly been too late. I did not have any known risk factors – so if it had not been offered, if it had been up to me to request it… I would not have.
    Screenings are not perfect — BUT — they SHOULD be offered and available –PARTICULARLY when something is stigmatized. And if it takes a law to get doctors to OFFER to screen for this disorder – first diagnosed by HIPPOCRATES (yes, it is not new and a careful review of historical literature and documents shows that) – than we should have a law requiring it.
    I’m not sure what change those who oppose the MOTHERS Act WOULD seek. (Although on other websites I’ve seen posts supporting the BANNING of pharmaceuticals for mental illness.) It is hard to imagine, given the terrible experiences some relate, that they wish to keep things as they are. I’d like to know what change they seek and what they are doing to effect that change. Seriously. Maybe we can find a meeting of the minds.
    Also, in the interest of full disclosure: I DO NOT receive money from Big Pharma. I, like others PSI volunteers, give lots of my own time JUST to help other mothers BECAUSE right now, we volunteers are a PRIMARY resource for moms with postpartum mood disorders. PSI is the largest and most active grass-roots, volunteer organization offering social support to new moms (as well as education and raising awareness). It is funded by — wait for it….
    ……
    ……
    Mothers and fathers (and some sisters and brothers)who care enough to help struggling mothers and their families.

  3. I went through a terrible bout with PPD several years ago.
    This harrowing experience, along with my eventual recovery, inspired me to try to help others who are going through difficult experiences with their health. To that end, I now produce and host a radio show called Wellness TalkRadio. Each week I interview an expert, with the goal of helping others through the advice provided on the show. You may listen to some of my interviews at http://www.wellnesstalkradio.com

    My company also produces live video broadcasts that – like my radio show — are dedicated to helping people solve their health issues. On January 16th, our broadcast, which will be available live over the Internet, will feature clinical psychologist, Dr. Shoshana Bennett, author of Beyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, a Treatment Manual. In this live video seminar, Dr. Bennett will cover many issues regarding surviving Postpartum Depression, as well as ways to get support and recover. She will take questions via phone and email – and will be geared toward both parents and practitioners.

    I hope that you and your blog visitors will be able to join us. You can go to http://drshoshlive.eventbrite.com/ for more information. And please feel free to email or call me, as well. My contact information is below.

    Kris Costello
    http://www.wellnesstalkradio.com
    [email protected]
    805 717 0795

  4. I`m just right next to Riganna`s comment, i`m from Holland and here almost all woman give birth the natural way. Even when a c section is done the mom and baby are directly brouth in toutch for mother-child bonding…..

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