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A woman holding an infant jumped from a window of her high-rise apartment in downtown Boston, killing both of them as they crashed onto a small roof 17 floors below.

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0721fall-death21-ON.html

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How sad. Can post partum depression last 14 months? Or occur when the child is that old?

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from familydoctor.org

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How long does postpartum depression last?
It's hard to say. Some women feel better within a few weeks, but others feel depressed or "not themselves" for many months. Women who have more severe symptoms of depression or who have had depression in the past may take longer to get well. Just remember that help is available and that you can get better.

So, it's possible to have lasted 14 months. If she had had depressive periods before, then perhaps she could have suffered from postpartum depression that long.

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Here is an article from the Boston Globe. I don't understand. Why would she jump with her child? Wouldn't she want her child to be safe?
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Originally posted by Ouch My Ankle:
Here is an article from the Boston Globe. I don't understand. Why would she jump with her child? Wouldn't she want her child to be safe?

If she has postpartum psychosis, she may well have thought this was the only way to keep her child safe.

There is no way to rationalize the thoughts of someone who is irrational.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ouch My Ankle:
Here is an article from the Boston Globe. I don't understand. Why would she jump with her child? Wouldn't she want her child to be safe?

Postpartum depression is a really serious illness, and unfortunately, in extreme cases, infanticide sometimes happens. Take the case of Andrea Yates for example. She'd been suffering from postpartum depression ever since the birth of her second to last child. Unfortunately, she never was properly treated for it and in her despair she thought that killing all of her children was the only way to "save" them.

Here is a page with lots of information on the subject of post-partum depression.

Bottom line, women suffering from this, and especially from extreme cases, are not thinking logically or rationally and are certainly capable of harming children that they normally would love and adore and do anything to protect. It's quite sad. [Frown]

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This occurred right around the corner from where I work. The building is staffed by people working for my company (concierge service). One of my co-workers was walking by the building when it happened, and didn't even realize what had occurred until several hours later when a delivery person informed him.

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
If she has postpartum psychosis, she may well have thought this was the only way to keep her child safe.

There is no way to rationalize the thoughts of someone who is irrational.

Wow. I just looked up postpartum psychosis. How terrible.
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God, what a tragedy.

I wonder if anyone had seen the symptoms of depression before she took her own life. And if so, why didn't they get her treatment?

It just makes me feel so sick to think that something this horrible could have been prevented.

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Originally posted by Bela Drosmorr 100:
I wonder if anyone had seen the symptoms of depression before she took her own life. And if so, why didn't they get her treatment?

It's not that easy to get treatment for someone who doesn't want treatment, usually because they don't or won't recognize that there's a problem.

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If only she had met Tom Cruise the day before. [Smile]

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This local article gives more information including stating that the child was only 9 months old. It also touches on something I had heard on our local news regarding the husband's parents visiting. What I had heard was that the wife and the in-laws were at odds and that is why the husband had driven them to a hotel that evening. I'm wondering if on top of PPD there were some family issues present. Not just with the in-laws, but with the husband. It's hard to say as we don't know what her suicide notes said and she isn't here to speak for herself. Not that any of that excuses what happened, but it may give insight into her frame of mind.

I'll have to find more information regarding the family issue part.

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Poor souls. [Frown]

I always find it heartbreaking to hear about incidents like this. I've worked with many women in the past who were suffering from post partum psychosis and some had a very flimsy grasp on reallity. Frightened and vulnerable they would experience even the slightest stress as catastrophic. Sadly this condition can persist for many years although with treatment and support they usually respond sooner.

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