Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why Do I Write this Blog?

I hope I'm not the only blogger who has had this thought. I've considered wiping the whole thing out several times after feeling a mixture of personal defeat and narcissism ("our society is getting too voyeuristic, and you're just adding to the problem. Get over yourself!" and/or "how could a basket case like you help anybody?").

I've struggled with chronic mood disorders my entire life (moderate-to-severe depression and anxiety). Being a stay-at-home-mom with two preschool-aged boys has been the biggest challenge I've ever faced (and the mental-health issues coupled with my introversion and injected with an intense personality don't make things any easier).

I'm determined to use my talents as a writer (and artist when I can get motivated) to help the world at large move past the stigma of mood disorders. I mean...our ailments aren't any less legitimate than a physical one...and most of us are productive members of society, right? I write this blog for any mom out there who feels like she's the only one struggling with psychiatric issues and little ones at the same time. To that mom I say: I know how hard it is…and to prove it, let me share my own struggles and triumphs. Hopefully something I say will make your day a little better or give you a little glimmer of hope.

All right then, girls…let's get our Mom hats on and do this thing!


  1. I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago, but I can't express how much it means to find a Mommy Blog that isn't all sunshine, rainbows, beautiful craft projects, and perfect children.

    The simple fact that you're here and willing to share that "Today was really hard," or "I don't really know what I'm doing right now," has made my own journey into motherhood so much less lonely.
    I don't even know how long you've been blogging, but you've made a huge difference in one life (at least) in the last month alone. Thank you.

  2. Hi Prickly Mom! I thought of you today when reading a little blurp in November's issue of Parenting Magazine. it states thatresearch from Penn concludes that reading or writing blogs make Mamas happy and felt heard. Yay for blogs! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and journey with us.

  3. Kudos to mom bloggers! Thank you for your honesty, it is very inspiring. I do believe in talking about those 'dark cloud' days in our lives, not everything is cherry pie in the sky and rainbows and butterflies! Looking forward to following your blog! (And if you ever get on Pinterest, let me know, I'd love to pin/add you to my Moms Who Write and Blog board... we also have a FB group.)

  4. I'm loving your honesty, Mama! I'm a mother of 3 who has battled depression and anxiety since the beginning of motherhood. But I think I'm finally on top of it. I'm so glad you're posting about this!

  5. Blogs like yours are like pearls in the sea. I have 4 children 3 of which were born within 17 months of each other (twins). I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression when the twins were 8 months old. I'm getting there (they are now 22 months, today). Please keep blogging about the good, the bad and the down right ugly that motherhood is :)

  6. Just like we turn to our best friends for advice and conversation, we turn to our favorite blogs for inspiration. Even if you're writing about, "the same old thing" it's YOUR voice and that makes a difference. Glad you keep writing!

  7. I struggle with depression also while trying to raise my two kiddos -- I'm glad I found your blog!

  8. Great job Prickly momma...someday i too wonder, i type up something - just to vent; and dont even end up posting it :) Reading and knowing that there is someone else too outthere and i'm not the only one... i m sure a lot of mom's love reading and following your super blog here!!