Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - A Moment of Silence and Angst

*serious topic alert*
I have just read about the death of another child, a 9-year-old girl, in Buffalo. Her mother forgot to take her medication for her mental illness and claims that the voices in her head compelled her to stab and strangle her little girl to death.

This comes on the heels of the death of an infant girl in my own town. Her mother, who stopped taking her medications about two weeks earlier, bashed her baby's head repeatedly on the sidewalk in front of her apartment building, in full view of horrified motorists who leaped from their cars to halt the attack.

Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, listen to me. If you are seriously mentally ill, please reconsider before you decide to have children. If you hear those voices in your head telling you to hurt your child, don't act on those voices. I've been there (post-partum psychosis, dear readers, nothing to worry about now).  Please don't stop taking your medications without your doctor's approval. And please get help if you need it.


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