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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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