1) I watched some of this segment on the new ABC show “The Revolution” this morning, but I honestly had to quit watching halfway through it because … well, ugh. Once Dr. Jennifer Ashton (who I generally like) said that the symptom of postpartum depression is crying all the time I just had to turn it off. No mention of anger and irritability. No mention of numbness and disconnection. For the record, not everyone with PPD or a related illness cries all the time. Gah!!
2) We’ve already covered the new craze (okay, well maybe it’s not a craze but it’s sure getting a lot of media coverage) of placenta eating for the prevention of postpartum depression. Here’s a different take in the New York Times Motherlode blog from a mom who did it and regretted it.
3) Results from a new study on post-adoption depression which finds unrealistic expectations of parenthood may lead adoptive parents to suffer from it.
4) A piece from Yahoo on the effective use of ECT, also known as shock therapy, to treat depression. Scientists may have finally figured out how and why it works so well.
5) A story from the Wall Street Journal about blogging as therapy. I doubt many of you will be surprised by this.
6) A new show on PBS called “Healthbeat” will feature an in-depth segment on postpartum depression as part of its debut. The award-winning journalist Sara Lee Kessler traveled the country speaking with some of the top experts on PPD, including Susan Stone, LCSW, Dr. David Rubinow, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Dr. Katherine Wisner. Click here to find out more and when it airs in your area.
7) NPR in Michigan did a nice little story on Sara Binkley-Tow and her husband, who will be swimming across Lake Michigan to benefit PSI, Postpartum Progress and other PPD support organizations.