I am trying to figure out if my friend suffers from post natal depression. I don't know exactly the name but I know some mothers are suffering in the first year after birth.
My friend has never been the most friendly and happy person but lately i am scared about her. She was always negativistic and has communication problems. Everybody is stupid and bad arround her and in work almost nobody liked her. They moved her from department to department. She was complaining how everybody is stupid and she is the only one who knows how to do the job. When her contract expired they let her go because
nobody wanted her anymore. When we went out in the city she was constantly critisizing everybody about the way they looked or dressed. She was never hapy with any place where she lived.I kind of got used to her being like this, even if i didn't agree with it.
When she had the baby i thought that this will change her life but like 6 months after the birth everything started to go even worse. The husband is bad, the child is bad, her life is bad, her parents are bad. The husband should get a better job because it is his responsability to support her and the child. The child is maybe retarted because he doesn't walk and talk yet. She read on the internet that he should start to walk and talk at 9 months. She is sick and tired of the child, he cries all the time. Her life is over.
She doesn't let anybody touch the child and doesn't kiss it. She says that kissing a child can get him germs. When visiting i was allowed only to touch the feet, covered in socks. She says they can't go to any vacation until the kid is 5 years old because the kid will get germs. And she says that mothers taking the kids on vacation or swiming are stupid because the kid gets germs from the sea or water.
She is orhtodox and her husband Catholic, so they baptized the child Catholic. Her orthodox priest was not very happy and when she went to him asking for a blessing for the child he asked her why not take the child to the Catholic priest. She made a crisis inside of the full Church and shouted at the priest that he is discriminating her child.
Last week while shopping she reached for a bag and a woman picked a bread from under her reached hand. She got angry and pushed the woman into the wall. When the woman protested she started to curse her.
Another day she went to a shop and she was looking at what to buy. A woman came inside and went in front of her to order. She got angry again and hit the woman in the back of the head. The woman hit with the face in the counter. Again she protested and my friend started cursing her.
I was thinking of telling her to consult a doctor or psyholog but i am also afraid not to be hit in the head.Can anyone tell me if these are simpotms of post natal depression, mixed with the depression from being unemployed.
How can i help her and what can i advice her?
Until now people just went away went she started cursing but what if the next person she hits or curses will respond in a way or another. And she is doing this while with the baby carriage.