How much do you know about postpartum mood disorders? In part because of the tragedy of Andrea Yates drowning her children, Brooke Shields writing a book about her experience, and Tom Cruise mouthing off to Matt Lauer, postpartum depression has gotten a lot more notice in the media these days. But there's much more to it than what you hear on TV or read in the gossip mags. And much of what you do hear -- surprise! -- is sensationalized and uninformed.
Hello fellow BlogHers! My name is Katherine Stone and I'm excited to join you as a guest editor on the topic of postpartum mood disorders. Despite increasing awareness, many women know very little about them, and many new mothers who fall ill do not understand what is happening to them. Even if they do, they're afraid to speak up because of the stigma of mental illness. What if someone takes their children away? What if people judge them as unfit mothers and terrible human beings? Would you speak up about up about mental illness while at the same time the people around you are making fun of Britney Spears and astronaut Lisa Nowak (labeled by the gleeful media as the "Astronut")? It would certainly make you think twice. And if you did decide to reach out for help, who could you trust and where should you go?