There’s an old joke that asks, “Why did God make babies so cute?”
Answer: “So you wouldn’t throw ‘em out the window.”
While this may be funny on the surface, there is an ominous overtone that isn’t very funny at all. The joke underscores how much hard work there is in having a baby and raising a baby, but there is redemption in it because it’s all worth it. In Obstetrics, this has become the least funny joke of all, because there is a condition in new Moms that goes way past the Baby Blues she gets from saying goodbye to her old way of life; this condition, postpartum depression, is true mental illness. Thankfully, it is temporary and treatable.
Postpartum depression, what is it?
Postpartum depression (after birth depression) is a mysterious illness that is true clinical depression. It can occur in up to 14% of all new Momsi. It usually begins any time during the first year after delivery, even as soo ...
We all do it. Someone’s moody and we call her bipolar. Someone needs his coffee—badly—and we call him bipolar. Some people are just plain rude and we call them bipolar. If it were the politically correct way to say someone’s crazy, then why do we whisper it?
Because it is not correct.
We all have to get along and everyone who crosses our sensitivity red line is not bipolar. As it turns out, most people we unfairly label bipolar have a good reason to be moody or need their coffee or act just plain rude. Today’s hectic life breeds behavior like this.
Let’s think about this. A hundred thousand years ago, everyone woke up with the sunrise. The men then hunted-gathered and the woman took care of the children all day. Near dusk, the men brought home what they had killed; everyone participated in the family cooking, ate, got sleepy, and retired, sometimes to make more children. And sleep until the next dawn.
Today we are forced to ...