Posts in Mental Health
Pride in Weakness - Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

I come from a long line of women who kneaded tortilla dough in the morning, tended to gardens in the afternoon and caressed their children’s faces in the evenings.

I also come from a long line of Mexican migrant workers who allowed the sun to kiss their necks and hands while in the fields.

I also come from a long line of individuals who take pride in their ability to take care of themselves with help from no one or anything.

Coming from a long line of resilient and fierce individuals may have caused a problem though. . .when I finally admitted to myself and my doctor that I needed something to help me overcome my postpartum depression and anxiety, I felt like a failure.

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A Year Like No Other

A Year Like No Other

by Ashley Ariñez on January 12, 2019 in Mom

Today I sang a Christmas song to my daughter before her nap. The holidays have all passed and I’m still feeling the joy that usually ends on December 25 at 9:59pm.

Oh, what song? It’s “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and for some reason she thinks it is best sung by me right before she closes her eyes. Any other song is greeted by her whining and fake tears. I really do need to try out for The Voice next season. 

But, seriously, one year ago, you wouldn’t have found a sight similar to today’s.

One year ago, I was in the middle of an ugly fight with postpartum depression. I would sing the most pitiful version of “You Are My Sunshine” to my girl and more often than not it would be with tears streaming down my face.

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Growing Our Family After Postpartum Depression

During that moment in time, I had been off of my medication for postpartum anxiety and depression for just over four months and after a few rough days at the beginning, I felt back to normal. I was handling chaotic life moments in stride and I was able to talk out my feelings once again. I wasn’t crying in the shower or biting off my husband’s head when he asked how my day had been for the umpteenth time.  I felt good.

Until that positive.

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