Friday, October 19, 2007
Postpartum depression awareness needed
I would like to commend Liz DeCarlo on her recent article entitled, "Postpartum Depression: When it’s more than just the blues," in the Fall 2007 issue of Chicago Parent’s Chicago Baby. Not only is the article an excellent demonstration in journalism, but also an excellent demonstration of raising awareness of the issue. As a mother of two, I suffered severe postpartum depression and had a difficult time finding effective treatment and support. However, I am now recovered and in a position to improve the understanding of the disorder. I currently have an anonymous and confidential survey available online for new moms to complete in hopes of not only gathering information on the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression symptoms, but also, in hopes of giving women who may be suffering a voice.
Please share the survey with your readers, new mothers or anyone who may be interested. It can be accessed at www.govst.edu/ppdresearch.
Again, thank you for your efforts in bringing attention to such a potentially devastating, but often overlooked, disorder.
Cara Warzynski, MA, LPC
Research coordinator, College of Health Professions, Governors State University
I was disappointed that you chose to print Cheryl O’Donovan’s reader essay (October 2007). She writes about the night she and her husband worked on their son’s homework project in the middle of the night while their son slept. I did not find this humorous in the least. What kind of values is she teaching her son by doing his homework?
An article in October’s issue about the princess phenomenon incorrectly listed the number of children Collins Yearwood has. He has two children. We regret the error.