Magazine article USA TODAY

Guilt, Anger, and Postpartum Depression

Magazine article USA TODAY

Guilt, Anger, and Postpartum Depression

Article excerpt

Postpartum depression generally is known for the feelings of intense sadness and despair it causes in some new mothers. Yet, many women who suffer from this disorder say other emotions -- particularly guilt and anger -- are as much a part of postpartum depression as sadness, according to Verta Taylor, professor of sociology, Ohio State University. Columbus, and author of Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help, and Postpartum Depression.

"There are a lot of complex emotions and feelings tied up with motherhood that are an integral part of postpartum depression. In the experiences of the mothers themselves, postpartum depression doesn't fit the exact dimensions of what we generally call depression. Women see it very clearly in terms of their experiences as mothers."

Medical researchers -- and many mothers -- believe that hormonal or other biological changes in new mothers probably play a role in post-partum depression. The social aspects shouldn't be underemphasized, though, Taylor maintains. The overwhelming guilt that many sufferers feel often comes because they don't meet the societal expectations that new mothers should feel an automatic sense of joy and bonding with their babies. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.