Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Becky Castle Miller2
(Blog) Diagnosing Postpartum / Postnatal Depression
I had postpartum depression after my second child, my son, Joshua, was born. But it wasn’t diagnosed until after he was a year old. At that point, I couldn’t be treated at the maternity hospital where he had been born, because they only treat depression cases in mothers diagnosed in the first year of their child’s life. A frustrating start to my diagnosis process, but thankfully I eventually ended up with excellent care from a licensed counselor and a psychiatric nurse.
Evita writes about her experience with depression after her daughter’s birth in Reaching Out of PPD. She also had a delayed diagnosis.
Why do you think postpartum / postnatal depression can take such a long time to diagnose? How could we help mothers get the help they need as soon as they need it? What has your experience been with PPD?
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