Open Access Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Maternal Ambivalence and Post Natal Depression in A Mother Whose Child Has a Severe Brain Impairment

*Ntjam Marie-Chantale
Department Of Psychology And Laboratory Of Psychology And Behavioral Sciences, University Of Douala, Cameroon

*Corresponding Author:
Ntjam Marie-Chantale
Department Of Psychology And Laboratory Of Psychology And Behavioral Sciences, University Of Douala, Cameroon
Email:ntjamcinq@yahoo.com

Published on: 2019-06-24

Abstract

Post natal depression has been an object in several studies carried out among the European and American population. These researches indicate the devastating consequences that it generates, if it is not diagnosed and managed. The an-nouncement or the early detection of a mental handicap in a child within the Cameroonian context is one of the factors that trigger depressive suffering. Thus, we emit the following hypothesis: maternal ambivalence is at the origin of the patholo-gy as the process of elaboration does not coincide with the encounter of a different child and to accord him a real position. We present a case of a mother aged 32, having a child of 5 months who has severe brain impairment.

Keywords

Child; maternal ambivalence; postnatal depression; severe brain impairment.

Introduction

The experience of a mother whose child has a mental handicap is specific from one cultural milieu, country or from one continent to another. In an article published in 2011, we demonstrated that the consideration of the psychosocial approach [1, 2] by the policy makers of occidental countries have favored the massive growth of institutions that manage and protect handicap individuals, in which follow up by professionals enable parents to register the handicap child in the pursuance of a common history