In the early 1960s, after have three babies in two years ( I have a daughter and twin sons), I went through post partum depression, but no one identified it as such, and many years later I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism which causes depression and fatigue and most certainly contributed to my condition. I don’t remember hearing the term post-partum depression until the mid-1970s when women in the feminist movement began to discuss it. During that time, post-partum thyroiditis was identified as one cause of depression and psychosis in new mothers, but this diagnosis seems to have disappeared and “hormonal changes” are now merely a catch phrase for what could be causative and potentially curative. Although psychiatry acknowledges evidence of “hormonal changes,” as long as the problem is considered psychiatric and there is no actual medical/endocrine research devoted to finding a cure, women will continue to suffer and be given pejorative psychiatric labels. Alternative treatments like vitamins and nutrition as well as psychotherapy and social support for new mothers may all help, but, unlike the search for spurious genetic causes of so-called mental illness, there are very likely physiological causes of post-partum depression and psychosis which to my knowledge are not being explored, perhaps, in part, due to their identification as psychiatric illnesses as well as the continuing dismissive attitude toward medical problems that are unique to women.