Medicine and statistics are one thing, but real voices are another.
I needed to know that someone had walked in my shoes and made it to the other side.
If taking an antidepressant during your childbearing years is a non-negotiable for you, you are not alone.
I am a 33-year-old runner, wife, and new mother of one. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety, although I suffered the symptoms for many years before realizing life shouldn’t feel so incredibly gloomy. Antidepressants helped me find wellness, but in 2013, I tapered off completely under my doctor’s care with the hope of starting a family and having a medication-free pregnancy. Despite a very gradual taper, I relapsed within a week of stopping my medication. I feared that my dream of having a family was completely out of reach.
However, thanks to good medical care, my loving support system, and peers who have been brave enough to publicly share their recovery stories, I am in remission and experiencing all the joys of motherhood. My path to wellness includes taking an antidepressant every day, being monitored by a psychiatrist, engaging in talk therapy as needed, and running to my heart’s content. I am here to say that recovery and full remission are possible, and that you deserve nothing less. With a dedicated team alongside you, you can have a healthy pregnancy, start a family, and live a full life. I feel strongly about sharing my story and offering hope because it was another blogger who inspired me to keep hold of my dreams when I least believed they were possible. Cheers to paying it forward.