My son-shine recently turned 11. It still hasn’t really sunk in. It did get me thinking about how far we have come, and how hearing the stories of others who have ‘made it through’ the other side of perinatal depression and anxiety can literally save your life.
Sadly, I was well equipped to share this story.
Having already lived with the darkness and daily battle of anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, and depression for more than 15 years prior, I fell instantly into the high-risk category during my pregnancy. In a way, I was grateful for that, as I was closely monitored and well supported throughout and beyond those 9 months. It is a complex story to tell, even more so as time passes and the crispness of the memories continue to fade.