Postpartum Depression is Multigenerational


(gentle music) – The child can be
protected tremendously if the environment around
the mother is supportive, and protective and can compensate and connected to baby and all that. That’s certainly true. The problem is, is that depression tends to happen in people who tend to lack that support in the first place. Not uniformly. I mean certainly Rae’s situation, my wife’s situation, would have been much more difficult without the really loving and dedicated
support of her mother. That really made a big difference, especially in the absence of my support and I’m sure that’s true universally, but again, the problem is that things tend to be multigenerational and where there is depression in a woman,
that usually is not just the novel response to the birth of the child, it’s also a triggering
of childhood stuff that began with her family over a, so in other words it’s multigenerational. And that’s why you see problems multigenerationally in families, which also means that
women who get depressed, they may but just as likely not have a supportive family. It’s been probably close to 20 years that I delivered babies,
but the statistics that I’ve seen indicate that it is rising and one statistic I saw was something like 20% of women have postpartum depression and another 20% are affected by some symptoms of it so they have some mild degree of it. This is what I read
last year in one study. That’s my latest information. My guess would be that with the stresses in society increasing, with people being more isolated, less
support being available, economic pressures increasing, we’re gonna see more
postpartum depression and of course what we’re also seeing is a concomitant rise in childhood developmental problems
so many more kids now are being diagnosed with ADHD, with opposition defiant disorder, with OCD, with bipolar illness, with conduct disorders, with pervasive development disorders, all these different names that we have which cover one simple fact is that parents are more and more stressed and therefore children are affected in their development by the culturally and socially imposed stress on parents. And amongst those stresses is post partum depression
so as far as I know it is increasing. I would theoretically
expect it to increase and more broadly speaking, we’re seeing effects of stress
parenting, not bad parenting but stress parenting, in increasing numbers of children who are being diagnosed with this, that, and the other.

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