Xanax makes one woman a "better mom." With depression and anxiety often consuming the lives of average, every day people, one woman has realized that taking pills on a daily basis keeps her panic attacks at bay so that she may get on with her life without being interrupted by shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and sweaty palms.
"It helps me be a better mom. 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," said Hope Chanda, who told CNN that she was prescribed a "half a milligram of Xanax twice a day, and 20 milligrams of Celexa at night."
Xanax's contributions to "better moms" everywhere is not necessarily the way to look at things. Some people have a harder time with anxiety and depression -- and if you are one of those people, you know how hard it is to function on a day-to-day basis. Some women are able to deal with things without their body sending them in to panic-mode... and that's great for them. However, living with anxiety alters your life.
Many people would disagree with Chanda's methods of "treating" her anxiety, especially because Xanax can be habit forming (as can any Rx really). When the relationships that you have with your children, your friends, and your spouse are strained because of stress, is taking a "magic" pill the answer?
Does Xanax make you a better mom?
© Effie Orfanides 2013