Whe Perinatal Depression Matters

Why Perinatal Depression Matters (Book) by Mia Scotland

You have probably heard of postnatal depression, but did you know that most cases of postnatal depression actually began in pregnancy? And that most people who have antenatal depression have had depression in the past? And did you know that postnatal depression is not caused by women’s hormones gone awry; men are suffering postnatal and perinatal depression in larger and larger numbers too? This is why “postnatal depression” has now been renamed “perinatal depression”(‘peri’ means around, as in the word “perimeter”).

Why is the seemingly joyful event of new parenthood causing so much suffering? Depression seems to be related to the stresses that a modern couple undertakes when they have a baby. The lack of support, lack of celebration, overload of expectations, overwhelming responsibility, isolation, judgment, blaming by the media, tiredness, mixed messages, confusion, high expectations and lack of tender loving care serve to eventually break parents and their relationships. And when we break parents, we break a baby. Babies are our future, and if we break a baby, in the long run, we break society. Postnatal depression takes a high toll on society. Dealing effectively with perinatal depression is about valuing love, connection, calm and stillness, over and above productivity, achievement and acquisition.

 

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{This book is so interesting. I was hoping that it would be good to give to other people to explain perinatal depression better that I could myself, and I was right. But more than that, this book is a great tool for those supporting new families, not only by helping them to understand the illness itself and what sufferers go through, but how to begin to help. The focus and chapter on fathers is particularly interesting, charting the behavioural and hormonal changes in fathers that might lead to an increase in men suffering from perinatal depression. Also interesting is the comparison between different cultural practices surrounding the new family, and how this might effect the likelihood of depression. This book is a valuable tool in our arsenal for fighting perinatal depression.}