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Myths About Postpartum Depression

Debunking the Myths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation About Postpartum Depression:

  1. PPD is a real medical disorder. It doesn't mean the woman wasn't cut out to be a mom or that she didn't want her baby.
  2. PPD is treatable. Moms who are treated for PPD are just as likely to become "good mothers" as those who were not affected by PPD.
  3. If you are given an anti-depressant, or are referred for counseling, it doesn't mean you are crazy.† On the contrary, it means you are being responsible and taking care of a potentially serious medical illness.
  4. If you have PPD once, you may have it again (50% chance), but not necessarily.† If you have it again, it may vary in severity.

For more information about depression or other mental health issues, click here.

Created: 10/17/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

 PPD is a real medical disorder. It doesnít mean the woman wasnít cut out to be a mom or that she didnít want her baby. 

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