Women who suffer from severe postpartum depression are at risk. Without medical treatment and social support, severe depression can spiral into extreme behavior, which can include causing harm to the child. This article looks at the mental health support available to mothers with ppd.
Former child star Brooke Shields writes with courage and eloquence about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter. In her memoir, Down Came The Rain, Shields writes about how she sought medical help and recovered with the help of antidepressants and counseling.
Mania is the strangely euphoric, speeded-up state that is the “up” side of bi-polar disorder. Bursts of creativity sometimes occur during manic episodes, as ideas come quickly and normal inhibitions fade away. This severe mental illness can lead to psychosis or suicide, however, if left untreated.