“Your illness does not define you, your STRENGTH and COURAGE does.”-anonymous
When Sandy came in for her first therapy session she was very distressed. She sat on my couch in my office and told me her story.
Sandy had a healthy baby 6 months ago yet she was still not feeling herself. She was crying all the time, had no energy, little appetite and was not bonding liked she had hoped with her daughter Kayla. Sandy hated motherhood. Although she felt sad and lonely, Sandy longed to be by herself, fantasying of spending her days in bed. She even thought occasionally about running away. She stopped caring about the things around her. She never left the house and she had no energy to cook or tidy up. She rarely changed out of her sweatpants and often looked unkept. This was a drastic change from the Sandy who loved to dress up and went to the hairdresser for blowouts twice a week. She cut off contact with those around her, even her closest friends. She declined invitations to baby groups or playdates. She even refused to go to her parents her house for a Mother’s Day BBQ. Her husband Mark tried to be supportive but she felt frustrated by his efforts. Sandy felt guilty…she thought she was a terrible wife and mother.