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Offline Maria

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Post Partum Depression and familial history of mental illness
« on: January 27, 2011, 03:18:56 AM »
What would you do in this circumstance?

(Note: Names have been changed to protect the innocent)

Diana informs her daughters that she has been denied visitation rights to visit her newly born granddaughterr because her daughter-in-law, Susan, has post partum psychosis.

Sophia, the maternal grandmother, also has had a history of mental illness including anxiety and lupus, but she has assumed the role of caregiver for her daughter, Susan, and the child. Stephen (Diana's son) and Susan now live with Sophia so that she can provide close supervision and care that the baby needs. However, Sophia is also known to be a very protective mother who screens all calls and all visitors. Sophia has been telling people that Susan has been staying up at night caring for the baby and needs extra sleep during the day.

Diana likes to sew and crochet gifts because she is now retired and is on social security. However, Sophia and Susan prefer store-bought clothes (which she can return to the store for credit), gift cards, or cash as gifts. Whenever Diana sews a garment as a gift, Sophia and Susan either store it in the garage or give it to the local thrift store, but they never write a thank you note. The son tells his mom, Diana, not to make any more clothes as the child is growing so fast that she is rapidly outgrowing them. On the other hand, he also tells Diana that he needs diapers and wipes and asks his mom to purchase these. Diana tells him that she is on a very tight budget, but that she does have a lot of fabric and time on her hands. Stephen exclaims, "it all boils down to money."

Stephen has promised to send pictures of the baby, but has failed to do. Then he tells his mom that he will try to bring the granddaughter for a visit every other month if he can. However, Diana knows that he will not keep his word because Sophia will not allow the baby to be out of her sight.

Diana hopes to see her granddaughter at Divine Liturgy, but Sophia and her family rarely attend Church anymore.



The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Post Partum Depression and familial history of mental illness
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 03:22:19 AM »
I think that Sophia is embarrassed and still in denial about PPP.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Post Partum Depression and familial history of mental illness
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 03:23:12 AM »
Prayers .......

Lord Have Mercy !On the whole Family...Amen Amen
ГОСПОДЕ ГОСПОДЕ ,ПОГЛЕДАЈ СА НЕБА ,ДОЂИ И ПОСЕТИ ТВОЈ ВИНОГРАД ТВОЈА ДЕСНИЦА ПОСАДИЛА АМИН АМИН.

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Re: Post Partum Depression and familial history of mental illness
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 03:26:39 AM »
Thank you for the prayers. They are desperately needed.

Susan has had a break with reality and often stares at the ceiling or looks at people with a blank stare.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2011, 03:29:44 AM by Maria »
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Post Partum Depression and familial history of mental illness
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 04:40:45 AM »
I cannot report my own post, but I made a mistake in the title.

It should read: Post Partum Psychosis instead of Post Partum Depression
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.