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Adele Has A Baby & The Postpartum Depression Jokes Kick Into High Gear

Adele postpartum depressionIt started happening when she announced she was pregnant, but now that Adele has {allegedly} had her baby the postpartum depression jokes are in full swing.

Despite no official announcement yet, many media outlets reported that Adele gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.

Here are just a few of the PPD tweets that have crossed my Twitter stream since then:

> How much does anyone want to bet Adele is considered “high risk” for postpartum depression?
> I bet Adele can’t wait for the postpartum depression to kick in.
> Adele is so excited she gave birth to her new son so she can fall into a postpartum depression and write a new album.
> Adele may be suffering from postpartum depression, but it’s impossible to tell.
> Adele just gave birth to a baby boy, she immediately hated the boy for abandoning her womb and recorded an album about postpartum depression.
> If you thought Adele’s heartbreak record sold well just wait until her fans get a taste of her postpartum depression album.
> If Adele gets postpartum depression her next album is going to be off the chaaiinnnn.
> Even Adele secretly hopes she’ll have postpartum depression.

I could keep going but then I might be permanently crushed by the ignorance of humanity.

I doubt any of these people know what Adele’s mental health history is. Furthermore, even if she were at risk for postpartum depression, I hardly think it’s something to joke about. PPD is a serious illness, and the most common complication of childbirth.

This is yet another example of how much postpartum depression remains a topic of humor and derision in our society, a stigma that we allow to persist even as thousands of new mothers are in the midst of suffering. Some day people will know how funny this isn’t. They won’t hope for someone to get PPD. They will hope, instead, that someone who has PPD gets the help she needs and deserves.

Some day.

Photo credit: PacificCoastNews.com

writes here at Babble as well as at her own blog on postpartum depression, called Postpartum Progress. You can also follow her on Twitter as she tweets inane things about her day.

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