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New study indicates women who are perfectionists are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression

In depression on 22. July 2010 at 03:46

DALLAS, TX – Growing up, Erica Osters, didn’t just do it all she did it all well. She is the classic over achiever.

“I was in cheerleading, acting and modeling. By the time I was 25-years old I was in a finance job and earning a six-figure salary,” Osters said.

But, Osters world changed when the 28-year old McKinney woman became a Mom about two months ago to her now 8-week old son, Kendon. She says she wanted others to believe that she had mastered motherhood, but secretly it was hard. She slipped into postpartum depression, convinced she wasn’t a perfect mom to her child.

“I would talk to him and he would still cry. I was very down on myself because I thought I was a bad mother.”

New research indicates first-time moms, like Osters may be most at risk for postpartum problems. The study indicates that socially-prescribed perfectionists are likely to suffer. They are people who believe they should live up to society’s standards of motherhood.

via New study indicates women who are perfectionists are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression, which can lead to trauma and tragedy for families. – KDAF.

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