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The combination of an expected condition with a such a severe disease shocked me, so I had to look it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postnatal_depression  

Postnatal depression (also called postpartum depression and referred throughout this article by the acronym PPD) is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth. Studies report prevalence rates among women from 5% to 25%, but methodological differences among the studies make the actual prevalence rate unclear.[1]

Rates of PPD decreased as income increased...

Postnatal psychosis or PNP, is a mental illness, which involves a complete break with reality.

Only 1 to 2 women per 1,000 births (.1% to .2% of births) develop postnatal psychosis.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:56:42 PM EST
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That's interesting.  I've known 3 women with postpartum depression, as in, they had to be hospitalized because they were afraid they wanted to hurt their children, and they were all upper-middle class white women.  I suppose the distinct difference lies in the irrational desire to hurt your child and the actual doing it.  Theoretically, the treatment of the depression could prevent the psychosis...  

I'm not a doctor.  But I do know that mental health diagnosis is more of an art than a science, and a very crude art at that.  Nor would I rely on Wiki or accept concrete numbers when it comes to mental health diagnosis.

That said, I did not intend to suggest all women who suffer from postpartum depression might kill their children, and I'm sorry if I offended you.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:14:43 PM EST
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No offense taken.  I just wanted to make sure that the extreme reaction was not common because there are enough inaccurate labels applied to women already.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 08:22:37 PM EST
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