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CrunchyMommaTo2 October 5th, 2013 07:35 AM

Did you hear about the mom who was fatally shot in Washington DC this past week after driving recklessly through barricades with her one year old in the car? Apparently she has a history of mental illness. I really think there isn't enough support or available treatment for postpartum associated mental illness. This poor child is now motherless and hopefully will not be negatively affected from the horrible car chase and mother being shot right in front of them Why a new mom may harm herself or child http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/04/health...ner/index.html

NinjaCakes October 5th, 2013 11:51 PM

Re: Postpartum
I didn't know. That is so sad. In this age we should have all the mental health support we need but there is such a stigma, and mothers are routinely told their 'job's isn't that hard, they shouldn't complain, they are being dramatic/ hormonal/ over reacting, it will go away, they are bad mothers, there's nothing wrong, or heck, "Just get over it! Be happy!" How is any woman supposed to acknowledge her feelings more or less seek help with all that flying around? Even if she does, our society in general holds this ridiculous idea that anyone with mental health issues should just pop a pill and be all better, or that after one or two therapy sessions everything should be fixed, when in reality there is no cure for mental illness. There are tools that can be implemented to build support and teach coping skills, but they are not a magic eraser.

Ok, getting off my soap box now.

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