Our expert says:
Whatever her disorder, it certainly does sound dysfunctional, and to include neglect ( at the least ) of her child. PND ( or indeed any other diagnosis ) is no excuse for such behaviour, especially if, as it sounds, she is not receiving active and effective treatment.
There used to be a cliche about the importance of being kind to dumb animals - but it's also important not to be dumb to kind animals,which seems to be her way of avoiding her primary responsibilities in life.
Your attempts to cope with all this are admirable, but obviously draining. A personal counsellor might help you at least to cope better, and you deserve the support and advice.
Is it possible to persuade her to seek a proper psych assessment and advice ? Even if she has to see it as enabling her to be more effective in caring for the dogs ? Could you discuss it with more senior people in whatever organization she works with, to see if they notice a problem and if they could also help persuade her to seek help, which would benefit everyone
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