10/24/2014 12:35 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2014

Preparing To Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

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I knew from the beginning that I had a good shot at postpartum depression if I gave birth again. My first bout with crippling postpartum anxiety propelled me into a career of writing about maternal mental health, so I knew my history increased my odds. Still I was stunned when the panic slammed into me moments after my second child made her exit from my bloated, pregnant body.

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