By KATHERINE STONE |
Recently, I shared here on Babble the myriad of problems that mothers face when it comes to beingscreened for postpartum depression. It’s not just screening that is inconsistent; it’s pretty much everything related to PPD.
If you go into a doctor’s or other healthcare provider’s office to talk about maternal mental health, you may or may not receive an official screening test, and if you do, it may be offered offhandedly and without compassion or information. You may be offered only one treatment option and you may be given very little information about it. You might feel as though you are not being heard or treated with respect. It may feel as though no one is able to spend much time with you or is interested in following up with you to make sure your treatment is effective and that you are recovering. You may even be given information that is completely incorrect about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
If so, you’re not alone. How do I know? I write the mostwidely read blog in the world on PPD and maternal mental illness, and I run a nonprofit that advocates for pregnant women and new moms with maternal mental illness. I talk to women from around the country and across the globe every day, and I know what’s happening to them. My belief is that, despite the fact that much progress has been made in the last couple of decades, we still have a long way to go, and it’s going to take the power of women uniting together and demanding more to get there.
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