20 months and counting: when does postpartum depression end?

20 months and counting: when does postpartum depression end?

I’ve heard the question over and over again, and every time it strikes a nerve: “Well, T isn’t a newborn anymore so is it really postpartum depression?” The answer is still “Yes.” Why? Because it’s not really any of your business. Okay, defensiveness aside, because that’s what the medical professionals told me. Postpartum depression can [...]

The day I became the mother I never wanted to be (and how I learned to embrace her)

The day I became the mother I never wanted to be (and how I learned to embrace her)

“I’m going away on a business trip for a few days, are you going to be alright?” A relatively simple question posed by my husband. It should have a simple answer, the one he was looking for. It felt like the rug was being pulled out from under and my ass was hitting the floor [...]

Parenting through depression: 5 Ways I’m coping

Parenting through depression: 5 Ways I’m coping

It has been almost a year since my battle with depression began, and the path I have taken to break through the struggle has been a long and winding one. Acknowledging that I was even depressed was a challenge for me. I knew the signs as I had experienced postpartum depression, yet I found myself [...]

How to not let anxiety rule your life: Coping strategies for dealing with anxiety

How to not let anxiety rule your life: Coping strategies for dealing with anxiety

When I was little, I thought I was awesome. I had the most confidence of anyone I’ve ever seen. I would go up to other little girls and ask if they wanted to be friends and go play, because of course the answer would be yes and yes. Why wouldn’t it be? Of course I [...]

Living with postpartum depression and anxiety

Living with postpartum depression and anxiety

I sit, peering at my nails with scrutiny. There’s something so gratifying about peeling nail polish off. The blank Word document sits open at my computer. I avoid looking at the screen. I realize I’m just stalling. I check the clock. 9:06 pm. I should really go to bed. Just another stalling tactic. What if [...]