Author: Arieti, Silvano, M.D.
We have seen in chapter 3 that most types of psychiatric disorders can occur after childbirth. Many authors have stressed that there is nothing specific about these conditions: childbirth is only a precipitating factor which acts by weakening the resistance of the puerperal patient. The birth of one’s child, however, is a very significant event and cannot be considered just as an ordinary precipitating factor. It may well be an event that, because of its intrinsic characteristics, finds in the patient the most suitable ground in which to evoke a psychiatric condition. It is quite possible that no other event could have caused a similar condition in that particular period of time in the life of the patient, or in any antecedent or subsequent time.
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