You're right, maybe I should research the illness itself more, since I don't have much understanding of it- but here is the thing- it all boils down to the way we perceive mental illnesses and mood disorders. I tend to take the view that when people over anylyze things like emotions, which are by nature an individual thing, and place them into textbook classifications, and then proceed to tell their 'patients' what symtoms they are exhibiting, what symptoms they are likely to exhibit, and how to combat the illness, that the individual emotion is influenced by the intellectual input of doctors who basically say 'no, it's not okay to feel that way'. What usually happens then is that the patient is pigeonholed into thinking they are sick, they will always be sick, and the only hope of stability they have is pills and therapy. The people I have known to go into therapy and go on psychoactive drugs don't usually get any better, In fact, most of them get worse, and they usually don't get out of therapy. One can argue the terminal nature of mental illness- I argue the terminal nature of the power of suggestion.
I realize that because of my lack of textbook knowledge on various mental disorders that I really can't back up my arguement against women (and men, as well, they just don't apply to this particular illness) babying themselves with statistics and proven facts- but that's just the thing. I have had real-life experience with these issues, in family, friends, and myself- and I choose not to treat the human condition (that being, the emotional condition) with a textbook perspective. The problem with this textbook perspective is that when other people who have committed crimes exhibit some of these signs, they can excuse themselves of their behavior by saying 'I can't help it. I'm mentally ill.' (I have heard people use this excuse before, in personal altercations. It DOES happen.)
Now, I am a true believer in mind power, and in one taking account for how they feel, and the way they treat their emotions. That may account for my vitrolic reaction to all things that have to do with mental health- and so I don't sound quite as one-sided, I'll share a bit about myself- I have been diagnosed with clinical depression and social anxiety. I was placed on medication and put in therapy. It didn't help, and when I told my psychiatrist I was having a bad reaction to a med (the zoloft was giving me the shakes) he blew me off, told me it was just my nerves and gave me 'anxiety pills'. It was years ago and my mother handled my medication at the time, so I don't remember what it was- but basically it turned out that the night-time pill put me in a coma and gee golly guess what! So did the day pill- so the mental health industy's (key word industry- a manufacturing activity designed to make money) key to treating me was shutting me up- and it's that way all over. I have been bounced to different places as some didn't work out, and guess what, it was all the same medical jargon run-around- take a pill, fill out the anger-management workbook, let's talk about why your emotions are irrational....
Now, as I have distanced myself from that, gone through the problems of my 'clinical illnesses' myself, found the root of my problems, and dealt with it, I am a happy healthy social person. I did it without drugs, without therapy, without professionals, and believe me, I'm not remarkably strong or independent. I'm a normal girl who in adolescence retaliated, went through a few normal teenage issues (and maybe a few not-so-normal ones) and had a period of unhappiness. It happens to everyone at some point in life. People could deal with their emotions if they weren't constantly told that they can't by every medical office in the nation (maybe it's different outside the u.s., I don't know)
But, as I've really gone off on a tangent, let me get back to the point.
Mothers who kill their children believe that they are saving them from a terrible world.
Blanket statement? I'm sorry- it sounds like an excuse to me- yes, of a clearly deranged mind- but does the virtue of derangement grant this woman immunity? Obviously she is going to be punished, I don't doubt that- she's in Texas, so she'll probably get death (which, btw, I am desperately against). But I can't help but think of another child killer- Timothy McVeigh- he was obviously not in his right mind either to do what he did- but in the Alley there is a post crucifying his memory! Do we feel more pity for this texas woman because, perhaps, she is a woman, and in our society it's simply easier to view women as victims rather than murderers? Food for thought.
Romy- you obviously weren't babying yourself (that is, to say, indulging in your negative feelings) because you have returned to normal each time. I guess without a clear textbook knowledge it seems natural to me that women would suffer a short period of depression after birthing a child- after all, a soul was just removed from inside your womb, which must feel empty after nine months of growth in there- or, if you don't like the mushy spritual logic, you can just figure that after pregnancy, your hormones are sure to be out of whack, not to mention the huge new responsibility. Of COURSE your feelings are gonna go haywire! It's the idea that the natural reaction is an illness that allows it to become to debilitating. See where I'm coming from?
In conclusion, I would like to apologize for my long-windedness, but maybe it helps explain where I'm coming from, and I don't sound quite as heartless, uneducated, or one-sided. I would also like to apologize for throwing out that comment without a more solid reasoning behind it, and offending anyone in the process.