In raising three teenagers, Sherri juggles the usual
whirlwind of school, sports, friends, and family commitments.
also has duties most parents don't face.
She shuttles all the kids
to counseling and psychiatrist appointments and makes sure they take daily
For a long time, Sherri was so focused
on helping her family that she ignored her own depression symptoms. She had
postpartum depression after each pregnancy, and after her last child, she felt
like the depression never went away.
She was forgetful, and chunks
of time would go missing. It was hard for her to keep track of things. She was
Finally a counselor who helped her with her
kids pointed out that Sherri was barely functioning. They discussed whether
Sherri might have depression.
"A light just went on," Sherri says.
Sherri started taking an antidepressant, and within 3 months her
husband told her he could see a huge difference. Within 6 months, she felt like
a whole new person.
"It took about a year for me to not feel
depressed at all," she says.
Sherri's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Sherri, to protect her privacy.