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Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Becky Castle Miller

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(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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About the Author

Becky Castle Miller

is the Managing Editor of Wyn Magazine. She is an American expat in the Netherlands, a writer/reader/editor focused on helping women make better lives.



  • Guest

    anytime! 😉 But I seriously think it’s hard to identify the symptoms of postpartum depression because so many of them are labelled as “normal” or “paying your dues” for having a newborn. Does that make sense? I assumed I would be sleep-deprived and people teased me at my first baby shower saying, “yeah, good luck getting a regular shower!” Yet when I was incapacitated and the days were long and I couldn’t look in the mirror for fear of the mess I’d become, there was this mocking little voice saying, “this is normal…toughen up, sister. Every woman goes through this.” Which lead to shame. Which lead to more depression. Bad combo. I think we need to err on the side of saying, “Wait a minute – is this okay? ‘Cause it’s not feeling okay to me…Maybe I could use some help here….”

  • Naomi

    I think the scariest thing about depression is that the very nature of it makes you unable to see it or reach out for help most of the time (in my very uneducated opinion). But surely someone else noticed? So to answer your question, having the people in your life speak up sooner would help a lot.

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