Changing Our Tune | Liza Long

February 19, 2015 3:48 PM

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Changing Our Tune | Liza Long

In the spring of 2003, I sank into a deep depression. I was near the end of my third pregnancy's second trimester, expecting another boy to join my lively 5- and 3-year-old sons. The psychiatrist who treated me thought pregnancy hormones coupled with significant life stressors had caused the sudden, drastic change in my normally sunny mood.

I also developed symptoms of paranoia and psychosis: I was convinced that my baby would be born without a brain, and not even my obstetrician's ultrasonic proof could sway that belief. As I drove my Volvo station wagon on mundane errands -- to kindergarten, preschool, the grocery store -- I believed...

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