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  • dee lancaster

    You hit being a new mother right on the head. I especially love the part about stripping them of economic power. That part so often gets overlooked in a society that values income status so much. Touching and funny post, as usual.

    November 11, 2014
  • Sunnymay

    There are still some people who don’t have any notion about PPD. With hormones shifting along with the responsibility for a new person, it’s hard to have a moment to think about the difference between one day and the next. Plus you’re so tired after birth that it takes a while to take things in stride again, especially with all that waking up at night to feed the baby and find the bathroom. I had twins and demanded to have my husband come when the hormone swing began in the hospital. He came and it truly helped to share the mood and unload a bit. I think it’s hard to recognize when you’re frazzled, how you are doing in general. Thanks for your amusing take on Post Partum Depression and the link to Amy Poehler’s book.

    November 07, 2014
    • Thank you, Sunnymay! I love how open people are now to talking about this sort of thing. I’m glad it resonated with you!

      November 07, 2014
  • Sue G.

    Thanks for this. My 17 yr old was just diagnosed with depression. She is trying to pick a career for college and get through senior year and was having a hard time of it. Her school counselor suggested she talk to a counselor who specializes in high school girls. It has helped.

    November 07, 2014
    • I remember how stressful that time is, Sue. And the world has changed so much in the past thirty years. I watched each of my daughters go through it and I believe they have an even harder time now than I did. I’m so glad your daughter is finding support – and that she’s got an understanding mom!

      November 07, 2014
  • SusanS

    Loved your description of post-partum depression. I had PPD with both of my kids and couldn’t eat or smile for 3 months both times. When people asked me how I lost my pregnancy weight I would say “post-partum depression, but I don’t necessarily recommend it as an ideal weight loss solution.” Anyway, thanks for joining the ranks of individuals who are not ashamed to say they have depression.

    November 05, 2014
    • Thank you, Susan! I had a friend long ago who, while a good listener and kind-hearted etc, didn’t really “get it” when someone was depressed. You know, a little impatient, sort of the “why don’t you take my advice, you’ll feel so much better!” attitude. Years later, she told me that she’d had an episode herself and it was a total eye-opener. She was apologetic for her earlier attitude, even though it wasn’t offensive or anything. But we can always tell when someone doesn’t understand and that is what makes us keep quiet and suffer in silence. Here’s to joining the conversation!

      November 05, 2014
  • Michelle Harlan

    Love that you’re willing to share & that your snarky humor was perfectly spot-on!
    I was diagnosed with bipolar 13 years ago & I’m not afraid to tell anyone I meet…NOW. 13 years ago, I was terrified to admit I wasn’t always happy. Like you, I’ve learned that more people than not have suffered from mental health issues. By sharing our ups & downs, we make the world a better place!

    November 05, 2014
    • Thank you so much, Michelle! I’m glad it resonated with you!

      November 05, 2014

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