There’s a prickly debate going on over at Psych Central on the subject of the MOTHERS Act, which, rather unexcitingly, suggests pregnant moms get screened for postpartum depression — something that’s rather standard in the UK and Australia. There is opposition to the Act, as embodied in a post by J. Douglas Bremner, psychiatrist and author, who believes the act stigmatizes motherhood. He quotes Amy Philo, who had a terrible experience after being misdiagnosed with PPD (and who was featured in a recent article in Time about the Act).
John Grohol wrote a response to Bremner’s assertions about the Act and about PPD in general. His response has caused a bit of a furor over there. In broad strokes, I agree with Grohol and endorse his position — which will have the Scientologists among you lashing out against me. But there does have to be a check embedded in the legislation so that medication is the last treatment prescribed rather than the first. And OB/GYNs should not be prescribing psych meds on their own but only in consultation with a psychiatrist. There are already too many scrips flying out of the hands of the wrong people.
It’s interesting that the issue of screening is rather uncontroversial in other countries. I wonder what that says about us. And about Scientology.
Grohol has been responding thoughtfully to all his commenters, which is why he has more patience than I do. I always get overwhelmed at the thought of doing that, so I retreat into a box of cereal or something. Tally-ho, John!
liz | 10:19 AM | depression