A Case of HysteriaMain MenuThe Altogether Shocking History of Women’s Mental HealthThe Anatomy of InsanityThe Wandering WombTheater Of The HystericsFather Freud Knows BestThis Place Will Make You CrazyThe Water CureHysterical ParoxysmThis Lobotomy Won't Hurt A BitShe Must Be MadShock The Pain AwayJust A Touch Of ElectricityA Home For Inebriates And The InsaneThe Inmates Aren't Running The AsylumStories From The SanatoriumAgnes RichardsThe Ladies of RockhavenMaybe She's Born With ItStay Subservient!The Cost of Going Crazy in CaliforniaTill Commitment Do We PartAdditional Artifacts from Patton State Hospital, ca. 1930-1950Anne-Marie Maxwell
1media/Header Image - Baby Blues.jpg2020-04-01T15:09:23-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b479369807image_header9782692020-04-27T09:27:34-07:00Tyson Gaskill93cb401bee8f73160b4c4378060de7643c42eee9A century ago, a new mother suffering from anxiety, irritability, sadness, low energy, or crying episodes could be diagnosed with hysteria and forced to visit a mental hygiene clinic. Today, women are regularly screened for postpartum or postnatal depression (PPD) now that the medical field is more aware of the profound biological and lifestyle changes brought about by caring for an infant. The much rarer diagnosis of postpartum psychosis presents in the first two weeks after childbirth with symptoms that include confusion, delusions, depression, hallucinations, loss of inhibition, and paranoia. In the 1950s and 1960s, pharmaceutical companies targeted housewives and mothers with new drugs, like Miltown, which helped them cope with the everyday stresses of life. In Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mother’s Bodies, Rebecca Kukla takes a look at modern medical practices and cultural norms surrounding pregnancy, new motherhood, and breastfeeding. Toni Morrison’s tragic novel Beloved examines one mother’s struggle with post-traumatic stress through the horrifying lens of slavery. Today PPD is treated through counseling, antidepressants, or hormone therapy although the lack of a formal diagnostic procedure continues to hinder research.
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