Postpartum Depression – The Question of Medication, Part Two
Thanks for coming back to the second part of my thoughts on postpartum depression and medication. If you missed the first part, you can find it by clicking here.
Extreme Views About Medication
Some people would like to make psychotropic medication out to be evil incarnate. I am telling you as a practicing therapist and a mom who couldn’t see the light much of the time for three and a half years – medication can be a huge factor in a depressed mom’s recovery. It can make ALL the difference.
It can pull her out of the hole so she can begin feeling functional again and rebuilding her life. I have rare moments in my life that can top the joy and hope I felt when I absolutely knew I wasn’t going to dip down in the pit of hell again with my PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) for the upcoming month. It was pure elation.
Pure Joy From Reconnecting With Myself
That hope and joy fueled me to really start enjoying my life again. I was never suicidal or ever thought of hurting my kids, but I was an empty shell. I felt like an alien in my own skin. I had a great life before my depression, and great people and things going on around me during my depression. I didn’t feel like I was in my own life at times. I felt like my true self was slowly disappearing inside me.
When I finally felt like myself again, I knew deep down that I would make a complete recovery. It wasn’t some “high” from a happy pill giving me fake euphoria or some nonsense like that. It was the reconnection with myself that made me so joyous. I knew me and I knew I was going to be back.
Medication Is A Valid Choice For Depressed Mothers
Medication is a choice that all depressed mothers and women should have the option to consider. If you think you are experiencing postpartum depression or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, get help right away. You may or may not choose to use medication, or even need it. But at least ask some questions in case your doctor suggests it or you think it might help. Many people are eternally grateful to have gotten psychotropic medication that literally saved their lives.
Don’t listen to people with extreme viewpoints that want to shut down your options. Find a doctor you trust and who truly understands your best interests. Your needs are unique. Make the best choices for you and your ability to live your life well.
Krull, E. (2010). Postpartum Depression – The Question of Medication, Part Two. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/family/2010/08/postpartum-depression-the-question-of-medication-part-two/