Can we talk about it now?
Or should we wait until more families are destroyed and more lives are put at risk? When is the right time?
We do not talk about it with pregnant women. I know. I took ALL of the pre-natal classes offered at my hospital and they glossed over the hell that I am living now.
There are no national standards for doctors or nurses in regards to Postpartum Depression, Anxiety or Psychosis.
Police, EMTs and ER physicians are woefully uneducated about the disease and the forms it can take.
The stigma that women who are ill deal with is massive and maddening. Incidents like this latest one in Florida are sensationalized by the media: “Mom drove wildly into ocean!”, “Kids yell: Mom tried to kill us!”. It sells commercials and newspapers and it makes even more women decide to stay silent.
So I will ask again: When is it ‘appropriate’ to talk about this?
My own family would like me to shut up about my illness. Out of embarrassment, denial, or a worry that my boyfriend could use it during a custody dispute they would like me to just be quiet and ‘happy’.
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