When Motherhood isn't a joy.
by André Picard
From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Published on Friday, Oct.
23, 2009 5:08PM EDT
.Julie Cugalj had a storybook pregnancy: She was one of
those mothers-to-be who glowed. It was the most blissful
nine months of my life, she says.
The delivery itself, on Halloween night of 2004, was also
a breeze, only four hours from beginning to end.
But the new mother had trouble breastfeeding her son, Alex.
She was suddenly and profoundly exhausted, and wanted to
sleep day and night. Her appetite vanished, along with her
I could feel myself tumbling down the slope, but
I couldn't reverse it, Ms. Cugalj says. You
come to a crisis point very quickly. You lose your sense
In retrospect, the 32-year-old Gatineau, Que., mother suffered
classic symptoms of postpartum depression but, like many,
she put on her happy mom face and struggled with the demons
of depression behind closed doors.
Valerie Whiffen, a Vancouver-based psychologist, says internalizing
and hiding the problem is a common reaction ....
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