02/26/2013 01:05 pm ET

Is Motherhood Causing My Depression?

A few weeks ago, I had a bad flareup. I’d been laid off from my part-time teaching job, was going through a difficult period in my writing life, and at the same time, my psychiatrist persuaded me to try a new medicine. Meanwhile, my daughter got strep throat, then my son got the flu, then our baby sitter got the flu, then I got strep throat -- all just a week in the life of a mother with kids in preschool. Nothing about any of these stressors was catastrophic or even unusual.

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