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The split mind of postpartum depression

In a quiet, distant voice I tell my husband Mark that I want to die. Not exactly dead, I clarify, but not this. I tell him not to worry. I tell him love, guilt, duty will always matter more. I promise. But he has to understand, he has to reconcile what I’m saying with the fact that I love him, that I…

What I Wish I’d Had: Maternal Mental Health Screening

Image credit When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn’t have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit. I wish during my 6 week check-up (when I was at my private worst) my Ob-Gyn had…

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