When Postpartum Depression Turns Into Maternal Mental Illness

Study-All-New-Moms-Should-be-Screened-for-Postpartum-Depression1Holy Hormones Journal: Postpartum Depression is now being called Postpartum Psychosis. This is a scary turn in terminology and may lead to mother’s to getting a mental illness diagnosis and being place on psychotropic drugs. In fact, last year Good Morning America did a segment on putting new mommies on Xanax so they would be ‘better’ mommies.

I will tell you that all of the legislation on this in the world is not going to change the fact that women suffering from postpartum depression are actually suffering from hormone imbalance and severe nutrient depletion before they go into a pregnancy. I hear from so many women who are writing to me about their depressive and anxious state post-pregnancy.  Every pregnancy we go through depletes vital nutrients (minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes) from the body.  It used to be that women could have multiple pregnancies without experiencing this postpartum crash into the rabbit hole in the brains. Why? Their bodies had adequate nutritional reserves to sustain the mothers-to-be and their offspring.

This is no longer the case. We can no longer get the nutritional elements from our food sources. We are eating more and more processed, microwaved and fast foods. Even those of use who are on a ‘healthy organic’ diet are still nutritionally depleted since the soil is no longer nutrient enriched.  We all need these supplements. Vitamin D3 is also crucial for mental and physical health. Most of us are deficient in this missing hormone. 

Young women going into a pregnancy are nutritionally depleted before they even conceive. There is no way they are going to bring a baby to term without suffering severe side effects.

‘Thinking of Ways to Harm Her’

New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness

The New York Times

Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought.

Scientists say new findings contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks after childbirth. In fact, depression often begins during pregnancy, researchers say, and can develop any time in the first year after a baby is born.

As public awareness has grown, often spiking after a mother kills herself or her baby, a dozen states, including Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, have passed laws encouraging screening, education and treatment, and New York and others are considering action. The federal Affordable Care Act contains provisions to increase research, diagnosis and care for maternal mental illness.

Sometimes cases are mild, resolving themselves without treatment. But a large analysis of 30 studies estimated that about a fifth of women had an episode of depression in the year after giving birth, about half of them with serious symptoms.

Jeanne Marie Johnson, 35, of Portland, Ore., had a happy pregnancy, but she began having visions right after her daughter, Pearl, was born. She said in an interview that she imagined suffocating her while breast-feeding, throwing her in front of a bus, or “slamming her against a wall.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.