My Experience Will Help You Understand America’s Mental Health Crisis

“How long will I need to be on the medication?” It seemed like a harmless question, the sort you’d see on a suggested list of questions to ask your doctor when starting a new treatment or regimen, right up there with “What are the possible side effects?” and “How soon should I expect it to take effect?”

Looking back on that conversation with my obstetrician now, nearly a full year later, I realize that question and her subsequent answer has significantly shaped my understanding of my diagnosis and my expectations for treatment and recovery.

My postpartum depression diagnosis last fall was my first experience with any sort of depression—as far as I knew, anyway. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues may have plagued a number of relatives on both sides of my family, but I had always seemingly dodged that mental health bullet.

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