This is cutting edge reporting on a different aspect of post partum depression…
“Probably, a lot of what people are experiencing is a hormone change that’s making them feel down, and they feel they have just lost a special relationship,” said Dr. Tiffany Field, a pediatrics research professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “It’s normal to feel sad about that. But if you’re feeling changes in your activities and your sleep and they last for a few weeks, that’s when you probably want to get help.”
Currently, the diagnostic standard used by mental health professionals in the U.S. does not recognize depression that occurs postpartum or post-weaning as separate diagnoses.
“One way to approach the problem is to identify high-risk times in a person’s life, and that would include pre- and postpartum,” explained Dr. Lloyd Sederer, medical director of the New York State Office of mental health and HuffPost’s mental health editor. “At these times, prevention and early intervention are critical, even if no one credible has actually proven what is happening in the brain, the hormonal system and the mind.”
As long as research looking at the “what” and “why” behind depression and weaning remains relatively scant, then, the best mothers may be able to hope for is that awareness of the potential connection spreads.