My name is Molly. I live in the DC metropolitan area with my husband, son and two cats. I am a mother affected by perinatal depression. I never had a history of depression but experienced both prenatal and postpartum depression. Mine was so severe that I began to plan to take my life.
Since I’ve gotten help, my world has changed and I feel like myself again. My motherhood experience has still not quite mirrored what one expects a mother to feel or be, but it is all mine. I’ve met mothers who have shared in perinatal depression or could certainly relate to my experience. I’ve met fathers who haven’t known how to cope with their partner’s depression or experience.
This blog is for all of them. Feel free to write me about your experience. The more information that gets out there about perinatal depression, the better.
I’m not a doctor, a therapist or any licensed care provider. As such, I can not provide medical advice concerning any individual’s condition or lack thereof. This blog is simply my experience and my very unofficial opinion. I do not guarantee accuracy with any of the posts in this blog. Postpartum world is the owner of all material and it may not be used, reprinted or published without my consent.
Originally, I decided to be anonymous. I wanted to protect my son from something that I didn’t think he’d understand. But, as part of coming out of the shadows (and with the good advice of a great friend), I think it’s important to share my story. My son will grow up understanding that depression is a serious mental illness. He will understand that depression lies. He will know that he is loved.
If people comment on posts, I hereby reserve the right to edit, reject or approve the comment. I will not tolerate nastiness, offensiveness or disrespect. I will tolerate different opinions, provided that they are thoughtful and respectful.