Q&A: Can simply having ongoing stress in my life be the main factor in PPD/TMS?
Answer by Dave Clarke, MD
Ongoing stress in one's life is entirely capable of causing PPD symptoms even with no childhood issues. However, the personality characteristics described by the questioner usually arise because of family dysfunction when the person was a child. It is common for these early issues not to be recognized as damaging (or even recognized as problems) when the adult remembers their early years. Quite subtle problems in the family are easily capable of causing "perfectionism, control issues, people-pleasing and being self-critical" that the questioner describes. Chapter 3 of my book is devoted to helping people recognize how this happens.
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