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AUDIO HERSTORY: Carol Blocker Discusses Her Daughter Melanie Stokes’ Suicide Threats

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Hear how Carol Blocker found out her daughter Melanie Stokes was trying to kill herself. Melanie Stokes had Postpartum Psychosis, a devastating mood disorder that can develop two to four weeks postpartum or immediately after a woman gives birth. Postpartum psychosis causes paranoia, hallucinations (hearing voices urging a new mother to kill herself or her child), severe insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety and depression. A woman suffering from postpartum psychosis often suffers alone because of the shame associated with this illness.

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