Last night’s ABC episode of “Private Practice” was an outright failure in its attempt to educate the public about postpartum depression (PPD). As I sat watching, I thought to myself “What the heck is going on here?” The episode did absolutely nothing but feed the general public’s misconceptions about PPD overall. ABC should’ve known better than to air an episode dealing with this subject without first consulting with the experts. Postpartum Support International would’ve been the right place from which to seek help in writing a script that is founded on expertise rather than on ignorance.
I am going to take a deep breath and try to enjoy the rest of my Friday evening now. I will end with this, though. ABC didn’t rack up any points with me or with any other PPD mom/survivor out there. Not only did ABC base its storyline on nonsense, falling way short of the quality of CBS’s Cold Case PPD storyline and PSAs from 2008, it failed to even follow through on the PSA it indicated would air following the show.
Read this blog by Susan Dowd Stone, former PSI president, that eloquently expresses my sentiments and more: http://www.perinatalpro.com/todaysblog.html
Here’s another blog by Katherine Stone, author of Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog in the U.S. on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.