Depression, Suicide, and Galatians 2

Jesus showed me that my suffering was linked with his.

Depression, Suicide, and Galatians 2

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My husband, George, and I were overjoyed when we realized we were expecting our third child. Although this pregnancy was threatened by toxemia and possible premature delivery, our third precious daughter, Megan, was delivered on her due date. We recognized God’s goodness in her healthy birth and couldn’t wait to share our love with her.

Unexpectedly, in the weeks that followed, I had great difficulty sleeping and found myself becoming irritable and depressed. I consulted my obstetrician, expecting that she would offer comforting assurance that these days of darkness would soon disappear. To my shock and horror, she referred me to a psychiatrist. Ten minutes into the visit, the psychiatrist diagnosed me with severe postpartum depression and arranged to have me admitted into the psychiatric unit of a nearby hospital.

My husband drove me straight to the hospital, and then home to get my new infant. Megan could stay with me, but because I was put on a tranquilizer and an antidepressant, I had to stop nursing her.

I felt caught in a nightmare. How could this be happening? When Megan and I returned home two weeks later, I still…

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