I’m sure that you did your best; frankly, your segment and blog post misrepresented my story and [www.mommyneedsaxanax.com]. At best, it was harmless, except for the anxiety and anger it has caused me. At worst, your piece came off as pressure to use meds only in emergencies and to get off as soon as possible. A “response to motherhood” does not even come close to an accurate characterization of most stories. If you want to cover postpartum mental health, say that. If you were trying to cover mental health for women like me, who became mothers after overcoming mental health obstacles, you utterly failed. You may have shown me saying that meds are a tool in my toolbox, but you didn’t mention the other tools available, how to “find a support group” or the fact that 2 of the 3 moms you interviewed were on meds before motherhood. I am not only disappointed, I am angry on behalf of the mothers you shamed today. Now, many of them will have to answer questions like, “Do you really still need medication? Are you sure?”
Women do not take medication because they can’t cut it as mothers alone. That was the message your show and segment sent. You wasted a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds. You perpetuated the stigma that mothers like me are weak. The “anchors” came off as callous and completely lacking in empathy. You could have done worse, and that’s the best I can say for your so-called “news” piece. This was sensationalism and a disservice to mothers. Trivializing mental illness and the medication that helps the mentally ill is never ok.