About

Date: June 2013

I’m not quite sure what to write here. I want it to be inspiring. I want it to be empowering. I want it to be witty.

However, I think I’ll just be introductory.

Hi. I’m Joe, 30 yrs, mom to two wonderful girls (2008 and 2010). I’m mostly SAHM, but I do drive the school bus in the early AM and afternoon – but my girls often come with me 🙂 I’m blessed that I have a route not only to my eldest’s school, but also in our neighbourhood – so I get to be her driver! Convenient, for sure.

Why the name moody mom? Well, we already established that I’m a mom. Moody? Yep.

Let’s explain. I’m not whiny. I’m moody.
I’ve always struggled with mood symptoms, since childhood. Throughout high school, I was in and out of depression, and in and out of counselors’ offices. Things remained stormy but stable through most of my college years, until my first daughter was born.

It was a tsunami.

I had pretty severe postpartum depression after my first. At the time, I did support groups and counseling only. It got better, if not perfect, and eventually I was pregnant with my second daughter. After she was born, things were okay for awhile, and then tsunami number 2, fueled by tsunami number 1 not yet fully resolved, hit – and it hit hard.

I was in and out of counseling again, before hitting a low point and landing in the ER, prompted by the crisis line my husband turned to for help. From there, I was successively diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Type II), undiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, diagnosed with a single depressive episode, diagnosed with OCD, undiagnosed with OCD, diagnosed as just crazy (no, not really, but it felt that way!), until I recently (note, my youngest is last 2.5 yrs) found a good psychiatrist who actually took the time to give me a 3 hours psychiatric assessment and 1.5 hours follow up appointments for several months.

Verdict?
Major Depressive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, some elements of OCD though not full-blown, all compounded by a Borderline Personality Disorder.

And it makes sense. For the first time in, well, ever, I feel like we’re working with something.

And, that, is me, Moody Mom. And these are my Diaries on being a mostly SAHM – and, being a mom in general – with a mood and a personality disorder — and hopefully how to stay, well, sane, through it all. 🙂

Hope you will join me!

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