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We are a people who tell stories in one form or another.
After all isn't blogging just another way to gather around and tell those stories?

Motherhood is Painless is about finding the humor in the every day. In finding the happiness in those stories that we tell. What would happen if we *all* learned to laugh at ourselves? Maybe then the dark corners would recede a bit and we would all rejoice at the love we find there.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pre-Menopausal Depressed Diane

I'm going to talk about some Special Lady-type business. Avert your eyes, if you must.



A few months back, I started feeling angry. Not angry at any one thing in particular, but angry all the time. Getting out of bed made me mad, getting the kids to school, angry. When I wasn't angry, I was sad, and tired and ashamed. I couldn't function well. The slightest thing set me off. Dave's work was relentless, and I was (and still am from time to time) bearing the brunt of the home side of the equation.

I went for my annual physical, and spoke to my doctor. I explained what was happening, and she made some suggestions. I tried supplements (calcium, St. John's Wort) exercise, diet. It helped, a little. I was still pretty down.

So, Dave and I talked about it, and I went for more help. Over the summer, I started talking to a therapist, and it helps. It takes the edge off - allows me someplace to vent when I need to, to cry on a shoulder if that's what I need. It is awesome. After a period of time - we realized that there is a pattern to my moods, and like so many other things, it's hormonal. As I'm getting older, (note - I'll be 42 in a couple of months) things are shifting, my cycles are less predictable, and things are occasionally out of whack. So, the therapist and I decided to give medication a try.

The change was immediate and amazing. After a brief bout of euphoria because I did feel so much better, the medication helped level out my moods, I don't get the spikes of anger or the depression that laid me flat. I'm better at being me, and that's good for every one

Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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