The most famous neurologist of the 19th century, S. Weir Mitchel, was so respected in his time that clinics spread though the United States and Europe to treat post-partum depression with two months of bedrest, with no sitting up, sewing, writing or reading.

Charlotte Perkins Gillman, a famous writer, was so infuriated by having to spend two months in bed after having her baby, that in 1882, she wrote "The Yellow Wall Paper" in the New England Magazine, in which she described how as a young mother, she was isolated from her baby and other people and was treated like a nut because she was unhappy in "domestic roles" and wanted to have a career as well as to be a mother. In 1973, her article was adopted by feminists throughout the world as a rallying cry for women who want to have careers.

In the last decade, research has shown that post-partum depression may be caused by lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.

The Washigton Times November 25, 2000. Page B3. Ken Kryvoruka. GW Law School.

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