Paulina Porizkova, a former model, writer, and a mom featured an article on Huffington’s Post that I thought would be of interest.
Here’s What I Have to Say:
I see a lot of women in midlife and at the other side of hormonal swings, adolescence. I’m convinced that our brain chemistry shifts dramatically with hormone surges and precipitous drops. I’ve seen well adjusted women with everything under control, suddenly become unrecognizable to themselves and their families. I’ve seen the same thing happen with teens. Hmmmm?
Paulina talks candidly about how medications helped her
Is it possible that Paulina’s love of Lexapro helped her get to the point where she could look back with more wisdom and perspective? Is it possible that in midlife women’s brain chemistry changes with declining estrogen levels and until the roller coaster ride is over, the highs and lows, panic and insomnia wreak so much havoc that until a woman finds what works for her, enjoying life will seem like a unattainable goal.
Here’s what I know for sure as a nurse practitioner. Every woman’s experience is different. Paulina was able to use her Lexapro to get through a very difficult time, despite exercising and other coping mechanisms. When she was able, she weaned off and felt fine. I’ve also seen this pattern with countless women. It’s like hitting a very bumpy and challenging roadway filled with potholes, twists, turns and dead ends. You can try to get through it on your own with a conventional vehicle, or get the 4 wheel drive. Either way, you’ll probably get through it, but the experience will be different.