As soon as the 26-year-old Berit from Bochum was placed his newborn son Finn on her belly, she felt that something was wrong. "I felt no mother feelings. He did not feel like my son." When a few days later Berit went back home, she felt on the edge of a total breakdown. " As soon as I was alone, I immediately thought: my husband will have to educate Finn by himself. I get in the car and crash against a tree. I do not come back any more." Psychiatrists have a name for the desperate situation that Berit and an endless number of women experience after the birth of their children: " postpartum depression". This can affect out of the blue each new mother and, in worst case, can have lethal consequences: the suicide of the mother or the murdering of the baby. But even if the disease does not have such a dramatic end, postpartum depression feels like hell to the new mothers. They do not only suffer because they cannot feel any love for their newborn baby, they also feel guilty for not being ...
10 October 2006 (Germany)
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