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My only beef is this: I don't think mothers are taking antidepressants "to cope with raising children." Mothers are taking antidepressants/anxiety meds because they suffer from depression and anxiety. Perhaps the stresses of motherhood can exacerbate those conditions, but-- postpartum depression aside-- they are not usually a direct result of becoming a mother.
I first took an antidepressant when I was 17, and probably needed it a few years earlier than that. My first child was born when I was 29. Clearly, I am prone to depression and anxiety for biological reasons that are beyond my control. Whatever biological oddity I was born with was probably kicked into high gear by, well, life stuff. Who knows? And what's the difference? There is a medication that makes me feel better, and I take it. I also take an anti-inflammatory for my neck (perhaps you read that my spine attempted to murder me last fall), but I don't see people lining up to question me about my use of that drug.
Haters gonna hate, though. (Seriously. Look at some of the stupid comments under the video.) I don't advocate taking meds you don't need, nor do I think it's a good idea to take any drug if you don't have a prescription from a competent doctor who is monitoring your progress. Drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan are highly addictive, and they will make you a worse mother if you develop a serious problem with them. My pharmacist husband reminded me of that on a
Because it totally is.