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Alarming increase in women suffering from Postpartum Depression

By Shabna Cader
There has been alarming increase in women suffering from Postpartum Depression which had led to multiple arrests in various areas of the country.
In the past week alone two such cases were reported. The police on Tuesday arrested a woman in the Diganwela area, Bingiriya for attempting to poison her two-day old infant.
The same day police arrested another woman in the Hooriganwewa area in Anuradhapura for allegedly dumping her newborn in a hospital toilet.
“From the looks of them giving birth, their actions in return certainly seem like symptoms of Postpartum Depression. This form of depression is well known and also well recognised but unfortunately there is not much data to recognise its causes and how to deal with it. It is natural that a woman’s hormones become imbalanced after giving birth and therefore she needs to be taken care of well. However this is something that cannot be predicted either and should be treated with much care,” commented Dr. Premila Senanayake, Medical Director of the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka.
“Postpartum Depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. Under these instances, the best solution is not to have them arrested but merely offer them medical and psychological treatment for their ailing and harmful conditions,” Dr. Senanayake said.