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AnchorMOM: Postpartum Depression Happened to Me...

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Why is it when a Hollywood celebrity speaks out about something, it's finally considered to be cable newsworthy?

A couple of famous-moms recently shared their struggle with postpartum depression. The one said "Our nanny watched our son for 5 days straight so I could just sleep." Forgive me for not feeling sympathetic. I suffered from postpartum depression after my son was born. It hit…and it hit hard. I was embarrassed and ashamed. I know so many people who want to have kids so badly but they can't…here I am with a healthy and beautiful baby and I am sobbing every other minute.

When I read the celebrity "nanny" comment, it infuriated me. Like most normal moms, I do not have a "live-in" nanny who caters to my every want and need.

At that point in time I had two children under the age of 3 to take care of but I didn't even have the desire to brush my hair or teeth.

For weeks, I thought I was just sleep deprived and hormonal. But I knew feeling like this wasn't normal. So after much anticipating and arguing with myself…yes, with myself…I went to see my doctor.

I tried to be so discreet when I went to see her. I wore a hat down low over my hairs and threw a hooded sweatshirt over top of my head…I didn't anyone knowing why I was there.

I started sobbing and screaming when I was sharing all of this pain with my doctor. She listened with so much compassion and understanding…she gave me my "normal" back.

I am not a Hollywood actress…I'm not a famous singer…I'm not a politician.

I'm your neighbor…your friend…the girl you sat next to in homeroom…the woman you share a pew with at church. I'm your everyday woman and I suffered from postpartum depression. But guess what…that's ok. That doesn't make me a failure…it doesn't make me less of a mom. It makes me human. And last time I checked, I still wear my Supermom cape. I love my children more than life itself…and that is why it was so important for me to put MY pride aside and admit…"I need some help."

I did. And I never felt better :-)

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