Mommies Little Helper: Xanax

Leslie Carol Botha:  “Taking Xanax, Zoloft and Prozac are selfless gestures and helps Mom’s get through the day.” That is one of the most inane statements I have heard.

Women throughout history have been considered the weaker sex. They are commonly believed to be more susceptible to emotional breakdowns and mental illness as they are deemed to be not as psychologically durable as men.  Frick, K. (2002). Women’s mental illness: A response to oppression. Women’s Issues Then and Now: A Feminist Overview of the Last 2 Centuries

Pushing antidepressants on a national morning news program for women who are obviously suffering from hormone imbalance and nutrient depletion (labeled postpartum depression)  is vile.  Another way for Pharma to make more money off of women’s bodies. Not to mention that all of these drugs are addicting. Not to mention that the dosage will continuously need to be updated as the body gets used to the amount and craves more…..

Women need to wake up and realize that we are nothing more than cash cows for the pharmaceutical companies.

On the flip side – there are many who are upset with mother’s turning to medications to make ti through their day. This story is just another way to demoralize and marginalize women.

Moms on Xanax: Women Say Antidepressants, Anti-Anxiety Meds Make Them Better Moms

ABC Good Morning America
By | ABC News Blogs
March 20, 2013

mommies little helperMore and more people are taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, and among that number is a growing legion of women who say these medications  help them become  better mothers.

One such mother, Anne-Marie Lindsey, says her daily pill regimen wards off paralyzing panic attacks. She has an infant son, and the new mother worries about him.

“Without the medication, my mind starts racing, and it can’t stop, ‘What if he gets sick? What if he gets sick? What if he gets sick?’,” the New Haven, Conn., woman told “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Wednesday on the show. “I might need to be in a bathroom with the door locked, hyperventilating, ‘what if he gets sick?'”

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A study that will be published in the medical journal, Pediatrics, next month suggests as many as one in five new mothers suffers from heightened anxiety in the weeks and months after childbirth. Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are now encouraging friends, family members and doctors who are treating new mothers to monitor them closely for anxiety disorders so that the mother and baby can get the support they need in the first critical months of a child’s life, HealthDay News reports.

Doctors now monitor new mothers for postpartum depression, but not for anxiety.  Researchers reportedly found that anxiety –  acute emotions in response to a perceived stressful, dangerous or threatening situation — was more common than depression after pregnancy, HealthDay also reported.

Melissa Sanchez told “GMA” that she had several panic attacks after her son was born, adding that she “psychically collapsed.

“I couldn’t get out of bed all weekend …,” Sanchez, of Manhattan, said.

She reluctantly agreed with a therapist’s recommendation that she start taking Celexa, a drug that would calm her nerves.

“After about six weeks, I was back to myself,” Sanchez said.

She has no doubt that her anti-anxiety drug made her a better mother.

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More Mothers Turning to Prescription Drugs
Some women have turned to antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications to cope with raising children

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.