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Post-Departum Depression

Pure joy experiencing 'pura vida'
Pure joy experiencing ‘pura vida’

In today’s post, I would like to suggest adding post-departum depression to the DSM VI as a certifiable mental health condition.  Why?  Because for two years in a row, I’ve been suffering with this affliction.  I wouldn’t have mentioned it had it not happened two consecutive years.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing if it happens again next year.  Why?  Because that means I went on vacation again.

We got home from a family trip to Costa Rica last Friday.  By Saturday, I was a total byotch.  I was angry, dissatisfied, wasn’t motivated to do anything, and was snapping at everyone in my path.  I had the same symptoms last year but chalked it up to having severe jet lag.  I went to Turkey and Greece and the time difference is 10 hours, so I thought that was the reason for grumpiness.

But Costa Rica is only a 1 hour time ahead, so I knew the jet lag had nothing to do with it.

I think it may be that I looked forward to a trip for a year, and after 10 days, it was done.  I am back to cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, and every other everyday task instead of ziplining, white water rafting, and sitting around in hot pools of volcano water.  I am wondering, “Is that it?”  Now I have to sit and wait another year for another break from the mundane.

Don’t get me wrong, I know this problem for me is trivial.  I am not one of those self-absorbed, spoiled individuals who thinks the world turns for her.  In fact, I am closer to a doormat than a diva.

Do you experience Post-Departum Depression (or PDD when the drug to cure it shows up on a commercial)?  What is the cure because it certainly is not cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and shopping!  Share any tips you have with me, and my family will be forever grateful.


Note:  This post is semi-tongue-in-cheek.  The ‘suffering’ is real, however, this is not to make light of a very real condition:  Postpartum Depression.  I also had Postpartum Depression after the birth of my first daughter, and required treatment.  Fortunately, I made a full recovery.


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