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What Partners Need to Know

  • Perinatal mood disorders can be treated succesfully.
  • Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men.
  • Women are most at risk to experience emotional illness following the birth of a baby than at any other time.
  • Perinatal mood disorders are real illnesses.
  • She is not making this up.
  • This did not happen because she’s a bad mother, or doesn’t love her baby enough.
  • It did not happen because she's having negative thoughts about herself, or about you, or about your baby.
  • It did not happen because she is weak and not working hard enough to get better.
  • She will get better. She will return to her normal self. She will begin to experience pleasure again. This will not happen overnight.
  • The more supportive you are of her treatment, the smoother her recovery will be.
  • Perinatal mood disorders are nobody’s fault. It is not her fault. It is not your fault.
  • Try to reassure the new mother that there is nothing she has done to make this happen.
  • Often, when we are struck by something we do not understand, we try to cast blame on someone or something. This will be counterproductive.
  • Remember that we do not know exactly why this happened. What we do know is how to maximize the healing process.

Perinatal mood disorders are treatable. But first you have to ask for help.

call the helpline 24/7 at


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