Dr. Dunnewold explains why women with postpartum depression (PPD), are often portrayed in the media like child killer Andrea Yates?
Because Andrea Yates and other women who have committed murder with their children like that are generally, not generally, routinely suffering from postpartum psychosis, where they have lost touch with reality and they don’t really know that what they are thinking is not a good idea. They don’t really know what’s wrong.
Women with postpartum depression, they stay in reality most, or all of the time. They know what’s right and wrong and they don’t make those sorts of confusion that would result in that kind of tragedy, and I think that the numbers are quite different, too. Postpartum depression, that’s 10 to 20 percent of new mothers, and postpartum psychosis, which again what the media likes to elaborate upon, is only 1 to 2 women per thousand. It’s tiny by comparison.
About Dr. Ann Dunnewold, M.A., Ph.D.:
Dr. Ann Dunnewold is a licensed psychologist practicing in Dallas, Texas. With 25 years experience helping women cope with life issues, Ann assist in addressing parental guilt and worry, creating a balance between family, self and work, postpartum depression, couples counseling and more. She received her M.A. and Ph.D in counseling Psychology from Ohio State University and is registered by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Dunnewold uses an eclectic therapy approach to focus on the here and now and changes thinking to change behaviors.