"There have been quite a number of published studies looking at mothers who breastfeed and take newer anti-depressants, and they offer encouraging results," says Dr. Steven Pariser, professor of clinical psychology and obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
"People don't have the same acceptance of depressive illness as they have for diabetes, hypertension and hypothyroidism, and that's an unfortunate fact," Dr. Pariser
"It's wonderful if spouses help the new mother get help, not only professionally but at home," Dr. Pariser
..."Very little in terms of clinical, postpartum depression is the result of societal expectations," says Dr. Steven Pariser, professor of clinical psychology and obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University Medical Center who directs both the Depression Research Program and Women's Depression Clinic.
"At the same time, it's not helpful to a new mother to be feeling so poorly and have everyone around her
dumbfounded by the fact that she
isn't celebrating.Stress, financial or relationship issues, marital problems, job-related concerns - a lot of factors can make it worse, and we try to address them all."
So misinformed is the general public about this very common and treatable condition that Dr. Pariser
fears the Andrea Yates case, in which the Texas woman was convicted of drowning her
five children, pushed informational progress back at least a century."She
did not have postpartum depression," says Dr. Pariser
"Addressing any other psycho-social issues - relationships and other co-morbid conditions that make it worse - is important," Dr. Pariser