A woman’s admission that Xanax makes her a “better mom” is helping cast a light on parenting, depression, and the use of prescription drugs to treat it.
The admission came from Hope Chandra, who said she is woken nightly by panic attacks that include shortness of breath and a tightening in her chest. The situation has been compounded by problems she and her husband, Joe, have been having in getting pregnant. Chandra has taken six rounds of fertility shots and three cycles of a fertility drug.
If that wasn’t enough, she has suffered multiple miscarriages.
Finally doctors prescribed her half a milligram of Xanax twice a day and 20 milligrams of Celexa at night.
Chandra told CNN that the Xanax makes her a “better mom.”
“It helps me be a better mom,” says Chanda. “I look forward to taking my medication. I’m more flexible, tolerant, and rational. Before, when the kids were being a problem, I would get frustrated and yell immediately. Now, we work through the problem.”
The CNN report looked at depression and the many ways it can manifest for parents. The greater awareness — or better diagnosis — of depression and anxiety issues has led to more than one in five adults taking medication to treat a psychological or behavioral disorders. That is a 22 percent increase since 2001, Express Scripts noted.
Studies have also found out more about depression and the way it affects parents. One released in the fall showed a link between diet soda — a staple of many on-the-go parents — and depression. Another found that women who suffer from depression are more likely to have lapses in their birth control.
Chandra’s admission that Xanax makes her a “better mom” is also not the first time the drug has been in the news. Famous mom Nadya Suleman (also known as Octomom) went to rehab this fall for an addiction to the drug.