At the Postpartum Support International conference, I was reminded over and over that ours is a spectrum disorder. In a spectrum disorder the symptoms and characteristics can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe. As many of you know, you can experience postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder and postpartum psychosis. One size does NOT fit all.
One area that has gotten less focus, but is now beginning to get more attention, is antepartum depression, or depression during pregnancy. Click here for a link to a good story on this by Jody Santos in the Boston Globe.
Click here for more stories about depression during pregnancy.