It’s hard to know what to make of the incident yesterday in Washington DC in which a dental hygienist from Stamford Connecticut, with her one-year-old toddler in the back of her car, seems to have had some sort of meltdown/breakdown/panic and ended up provoking her own shooting death.
There was nothing in Miriam Carey’s background that would have led up to this—until about a year ago, that is, when (her mother reports) Carey had a baby and suffered from a postpartum depression serious enough to have hospitalized her for a while. Usually, though, when women with postpartum depression become violent, it is directed solely towards themselves and/or their children. Then again, Carey’s behavior yesterday could have been a possible case of what’s known as “suicide by cop.”
Another hint might be here:
Carey’s former boss, Dr. Brian Evans, told The News that she “fell down some stairs and she had a pretty significant head injury” toward the end of the nearly two years she worked for him.
And still another hint is here:
The woman who led authorities on a chase from the White House to the Capitol before she was killed by police may have thought that President Barack Obama was stalking her, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
That lends itself to some bleak humor—isn’t Obama stalking us all? But this really seems to be a tragic incident all around, but mostly for Carey and her family.
[NOTE: And before you blame the mental health establishment, remember that whatever the treatment is, it can't always be effective. That said, there is some statistical evidence that anti-depressants can increase the incidence of violence, but we don't even known whether Carey was on antidepressants. And even if she were we don't know whether they were a factor in her particular case.]