Skip to comments.Caring for the next Miriam Carey
Posted on 10/17/2013 6:08:37 PM PDT by neverdem
Miriam Carey, a 34 year-old dental hygienist, created a media frenzy last week when she was shot and killed by Capitol police after ramming a White House barricade in her car while her one-year-old daughter was in the back seat. Why did she do it? What mental illness did she suffer from?
Ms. Carey's mother said her daughter was diagnosed with postpartum depression after her baby was born, and months later she was hospitalized for feeling sick and depressed. Some media outlets took that to mean that postpartum depression was behind Ms. Carey's erratic behavior. These assumptions threaten to stigmatize women who experience postpartum depression about half a million women in the U.S. annually and dissuade them from getting needed mental health care, when this disorder is already under-diagnosed.
Moreover, some news media highlighted the fact that Ms. Carey was African American and that African American women have higher postpartum depression rates than white women. While it is true that some studies suggest that, other studies show no such racial differences. More importantly, studies show that socioeconomic differences account for racial differences in postpartum depression. Ms. Carey was a single mother who was fired from her job while...
Ms. Carey's sister reported that she had been diagnosed with postpartum depression with psychosis, underwent treatment, and was reducing her medication intake under a doctor's supervision. Ms. Carey's 54-year-old boyfriend had called the Connecticut police twice in 2012 to report her delusional behavior that endangered the life of their daughter. Additionally, discharge papers from a 2012 mental health evaluation listed two psychiatric drugs that Ms. Carey was taking: Risperidone, an antipsychotic usually used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, and Escitalopram, an antidepressant. Patients with postpartum psychosis are usually treated with a combination of antipsychotics and antidepressants...
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Serotonin withdrawal syndrome, aka Serotonin discontinuation syndrome?
Could that be related to their higher rate of births outside marriage ... or is that racist? I noticed the item about Ms. Carey's 54-year-old "boyfriend" ... the baby's father who wouldn't marry her, right?
As we can see from this instance, we don’t have a gun problem. We have a mental health problem.
That's exactly what we do around here. Even more essential for Effexor with its gawd-awful 4 hour half life. Oddly the Prozac even seems to handle the "N" part of the SNRI discontinuation, even though it doesn't in itself affect norepinephrine.
Yes it is racist to talk about black women having a higher rate of out of wedlock births.
It is also racist to observe that the majority of NBA players are black. Even though this sounds like a case in which it’s a positive attribute of a certain group of people, to make it to the NBA, it would be racist to talk about it.
Face it, we live in a politically correct world, in which WHITES are not allowed to say anything about those of other groups, or else be charged with racism somehow.
Someday the Thought Police will come to get me, I’m sure.
Has it ever been reported how many shots hit this poor woman? Rumors said 50 or so.
If this woman had attacked with a firearm instead of an automobile, the media would still be giving it front page coverage.
Be careful—liberals would be all for ‘car control’.
Well, that's the point. If libs were going to restrict cars when used wrongly, they'd have done it by now.
No, it's only guns. Guns are special, somehow.
No, I expect they are ‘gunning’ for cars too—as soon as they have the opportunity. (E.g., Agenda 21)
I will not abide.
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