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AUDIO HERSTORY: Carol Blocker: My Daughter Plotted Her Suicide By Gun, Knife, Train, Drowning & Jumping

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The mother of Melanie Stokes, Carol Blocker, shared with EmpowHer all the different ways her daughter kept planning her own suicide.

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Postpartum psychosis is rare. It occurs in 1 or 2 out of every 1000 births and usually begins in the first 6 weeks postpartum. Women who have bipolar disorder or another psychiatric problem called schizoaffective disorder have a higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis. Symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, sleep disturbances, and obsessive thoughts about the baby. A woman may have rapid mood swings, from depression to irritability to euphoria.

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