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All I want for Mother’s Day is to not be depressed about it

All I want for Mother’s Day is my prescription refilled. I’ve been on the antidepressant Celexa for three months now, mostly to help me cope with the stress of being the mother of an 11-year-old. When a child is careening into teendom, the hormonal, emotional and physical transitions take a toll — not just on them, but also on every other member of the family. Tweens are all about boundary-pushing — and testing their new behaviors on their parents. Swearing? Check. Not responding? Check. Saying no all the effin’ time? Check. Kids need us so much, even as they push us away. But it’s messing with my head: I don’t react in measured ways. I’m adjusting to my post-menopausal self — which can have its own ties to depress ...