January 1996

Depression in women


GINA was 24 when she became a first-time mother of twin boys. One of the twins was completely healthy, but the other developed lung problems immediately after birth. This second twin was placed immediately in the intensive care unit and remained in hospital for four months before he could go home. Gina broke down during a visit to her doctor's office. Her doctor spent a long time talking with her and uncovered the whole routine of Gina's day. This tired young woman had essentially become a milk machine, with little energy and little joy.