Until recently, help has been hard to find, even for women who pleaded for support. Psychologist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, founder and director of Postpartum Assistance for Mothers, endured two life-threatening postpartum depressions in the mid-1980s. Bennett's horrific experiences inspired her to get licensed as a therapist and specialize in postpartum depression. She has now counseled more than 15,000 women with the condition.
Finding the right health professional
Women with supportive spouses and doctors, like Suzanne, 35, of New Paltz, N.Y., can also feel so stigmatized they keep their postpartum depression to themselves. "My husband had noticed that I was blue, but he had no idea how extreme it was," she says. She couldn't keep up the act forever.