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|Thu, 03-28-2013 - 10:12am|
One of the most common search terms that brings people to my blog is "postpartum rage" or some variation of it.
"Rage at husband."
"Rage after pregnancy."
"Postpartum depression rage."
"Sleep deprivation and rage."
"Rage after having a baby."
You'll notice that all of these search terms include rage. Not anger, not just depression, but rage.
These mothers are NOT alone.
The dictionary.com definition of rage contains five entries for rage as a noun and every one of them includes a mention of violence. I wish I could say that's not really accurate when it comes to the feelings of rage these women are searching for answers to when they turn to Google and end up on my blog, but I can't. I know, and these women find me, because I wrote about it. I experienced it.
Despite the dictionary definition, most of these mothers are not violent. They don't hit their children (or their husbands). They are not child abusers. What they are is women suffering from a very common illness that affects, by some estimates, up to 20 per cent of new mothers.
PPD takes many forms. If you are experiencing this, you are certainly not alone. Please share your experience with us...