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Mood Disorders for New Mothers

Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder For New Mommies

Postpartum depression is a fairly well-known condition that women suffer after giving birth to a child. While depression once had a stigma attached to it, mothers have spoken out about their own experiences and brought an element of normalcy to the condition that affects nearly 10–15 percent of new mothers.

Now, a small portion of postpartum mommies are also experiencing post–traumatic–stress disorder (PTSD). The PTSD label is commonly used when referring to vets returning from war zones or people recovering from violet occurrences. To see what some contributing factors to PTSD are and what the government is doing about it,


Some believe that traumatic deliveries, premature births, life-threatening issues to the baby, or even past sexual abuse can lead to a woman developing PTSD. Women who seem happy after giving birth may be surprised to develop PTSD months afterwards.

Therapy, medication, talking, and relaxation can all serve as relievers to someone suffering from PTSD. Leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to pass legislation that would offer screening for postpartum mood disorders for new mothers. The proposed law is called the Melanie Blocker Stokes Mothers Act and will be reintroduced in the Fall. The act has its opponents, as some fear such screening would invade a mother's privacy and possibly lead to her being drugged for otherwise treatable issues.

Would you approve of mood-disorder screening for new mums?

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