GMA: Mommy’s Little Helper
More and more moms are taking anti-anxiety or anti-depression medications to get through their lives. With pressures from society, moms feel like they need to be perfect. Other moms say that they are crippled by panic attacks. They worry that their children will get sick and this causes them to hyperventilate.
These moms take medications like Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac and Xanax to get through their everyday duties. They say that the medication helps them be a better mom and function normally.
GMA: Xanax Addictive Side Effects
After the controversial Parenting magazine article, “Xanax helps me become a better mom,” women were under fire for taking medications to get through tough times. Good Morning America spoke to therapists and mental health professionals who said that medication can be a good thing, but only under a doctor’s supervision.
These moms know that they are going through a tough time. The author of the blog “Mommy needs a Xanax” blogged about her experience of using anti-depressants after having her kids. She recently weened herself off after learning the addictive effects of Xanax.
“How can you be a good mom if you don’t take care of yourself?” she asked.
GMA: Advice For Moms & Medication
If you believe that you need an anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressant, you should seek counsel from a mental health professional. Dr Jennifer Ashton said that there are women that need to be on the medication and then there are others that self-medicate or are given the pills as a quick fix.
In order to cope with the medication, Dr Ashton suggested joining a support group. You should have a goal in mind of how long you are going to be on the medication and not rely on it for life. Dr. Ashton said to never be afraid to ask for help.