– SAME DISORDER
Whereas in the U.S. postpartum depression is known as PPD
- some European countries recognize PPD as post-natal depression or PND. In South Africa, PPD is known
as ante-natal depression, AND?? And, no matter where you live, a different disorder may be diagnosed
depending upon the training of your doctor responsible for your care. Additionally, lack of adequate care and non-familarity
with terminology and symptomatology can further compromise your postpartum transition into motherhood. (See Brochure
link for entire list of disorders with "postpartum onset". )
Knowing what symptoms to look would be a big bonus -
so why do LaMaze and Childbirth classes and instructors ignore how important it is to provide any and all information surrounding the
related disorders of PPD. Time criteria perhaps? Being unfamiliar, untrained and unpaid for the extra time it
might demand from them?
Having a specialist is the key to being properly diagnosed and treated,
and anything less is not prudent, wise nor "progress". So, be very upfront, no matter how difficult it is to admit
that you are having symptoms that presently taunt your every waking breath. If you do not agree with your
present treatment plan, ask for a follow-up plan. Do whatever possible to resolve any and all issues as soon as possible.
Waiting will not help - it will only intensify the situation. It is not your fault, you will be well and do not let
anyone tell you to "give it time". If you feel something is not right, it probably is not right. Go with your instinct that
tells you to reach out and be proactive in all aspects of your health care. It is your right as a medical
DISORDER WITH NO NAME
When researching "Why me", I found nothing
at the library under "postpartum" back in the late 80's early 90's - but kept on searching. Dr. Hamilton's research
was eventually taken into the lab by others who followed after his lead to find an endocrine (thyroid, penal, pituitary glands
- to name a few) link to PPD and Psychosis. More and more research is becoming available, but medical consumers will
not find it within the media. To find information - one must be internet savvy.
of my questions: What causes PPD and Psychosis? were answered when reading The New Mother Syndrome by
Carol Dix published in 1985. Although out of print, and with recent attempts dashed for seeing it reprinted with
updates, this great medical resource can be purchased from on-line book companies and will bring you up to
speed historically speaking - and, it is still a recommended read by professionals and organizations! My questions,
"why me" were finally answered.
OUT OF ONE THOUSAND/ONE OUT OF 3-4
did I experience the mental disorder known as "psychosis" that "one out of one thousand" women have? And for those
women who have a psychotic episode the first time, why does the risk increase to "one in three or four" women after subsequent
births? Continued research would have found the answer by now - instead we wait, and wait ...
The term, "postpartum" was erased from
all medical literature for twenty years, from 1972 to 1992, (my son was born in 1972/daughter in 1977) and as a result, doctors
schooled during that time-frame, have and continue to turn a deaf ear and blind eye to postpartum issues today. Its
time that "we" the "medical consumer" demand more from them!
This term “postpartum” was
not referenced in any of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's, DSM's during the time they were in use in those twenty
years; making accurate diagnosis and medical treatment nearly impossible! Without a term, a diagnosis code,
and medical schools that taught what future doctors need to know regarding "anything" postpartum - women were left fending
themselves. It was happening this way 28 years ago when my daughter was born and it is unfortunate, but this
same mind-set continues today placing already women at risk - at further risk to the many thieves that rob them of motherhood.
Are medical schools teaching the present medical
students in postpartum symptomatology today? If not, why not? We need to find out the answers to safeguard
that next unsuspecting mother - a mother who could be your sister, aunt or dear friend. Most medical
students only receive about two hours of nutritional education - no wonder society is getting medicated instead of nutritionally
educated! So if med students only have two hours of nutritional education, how many "hours" are devoted to everything PPD
and Psychosis? Not even a semester of training would be enought to bring them up to speed today. But, we'll take
two hours over nothing!
after the term was reintroduced into the DSM's, doctors were not required to be re-educated about mood disorders
affecting women during pregnancy or upon becoming new mothers. It is long overdue that all caregivers
be demanded to become re-educated on all women's health issues - especially those concerning women of child-bearing
TO THE PPD/PSYCHOSIS PUZZLE
Phil Donahue Show - 1985 ??
I began to do independent research, looking for the puzzle pieces responsible for my once psychotic state, it seemed that
I was not alone. First, there was The Phil Donahue Show, where a Mr. Glenn Comitz was able to put a face on
PPD. Unfortunately, it was only through sharing the negative experiences his wife Sharon's went
through when in a catonic, severely psychotic state - "Postpartum Psychosis". I felt a deep, abiding connection to
her immediately - because I had once come to the "point of no return" as she must have. We wrote back and
forth for a bit, sharing our concerns for other future mothers.
DISORDER, DISEASE OR "SYNDROME"
A lot of my personal questions were answered when reading
The New Mother Syndrome by Carol Dix, 1985, but what about all the ones left to be explored via research? Carol
Dix made mention that mothers had experienced Postpartum Depression and Psychosis as far as Hippocrates day.
You know, where the "Hippocratic Oath" came from?
How could an age-old phenomenon known to have plagued mothers this far back not
have found medical resolution long before 2005!
(Read on and you decide for yourself - and then get angry, but do not
let your anger deter you from seeking and demanding the research necessary to change the medical decisions of the past that
has brought society to this point.)
LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL - LLL
owe LLL a copy of Dr. James A. Hamilton's People Magazine's interview article. I have to admit that I've out-grown my
small desk and things keep getting buried, but I promise to get back to LLL soon.
years of playing "seek and you shall find" revealed first hand, when abruptly weaning my daughter at seven months old,
that this too only hightened my already depressed state and eventually brought me to experience "Psychosis".
hormones, necessary to breast-feed, were still being pumped into my system even though my daughter was now
drinking "cow's" milk from a plastic bottle. Ubrupt weaning placed me at further risk of slipping into a psychotic state.
It did, and if not for what little mustard seed faith left - I might have crossed over the "point of no return".
latest book - the point regarding "abrupt weaning" has yet to make it into print. It would be very helpful if they did
include this both in their book and on their web-site. LLL's director is on my email list and after several attempts
to reach her - I have received no reply as yet.
- November 17, 2005
FUTURES are in the hands of TODAY'S MEDICAL STUDENTS
I met a young, female medical student today. She is attending The Milton
S. Hershey Medical School in Hershey, PA. I thought I had seen her somewhere before; she said many have
said that. After our "brief" shared exchange she was interested enough in the postpartum field to ask for
my email address. I look forward to sharing all that I have with her and perhaps some of the other women in her class in the
near future. It's all about "talking up" versus "talking down" - and speaking from "positive" rather than "negative"
perspective. AND being excited for the "cause" sure does not hurt! Join me, please.