New mom Jessica Porten has been experiencing Postpartum Depression (PPD) since the birth of her second daughter, Kira.
While the mood disorder can be grueling, Porten's case is not exactly unique. As many as one in seven women will experience PPD after childbirth, according to the American Psychological Association.
That only makes the story this new mom shared on Facebook more shocking, because it could happen to almost anyone.
As Porten explains, she was already in a bad mood when she arrived at a recent doctor's appointment for Kira. The office kept moving the date back, and Kira was already four months old. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Porten says she waited an hour in the clinic before being called into an exam room with a nurse practitioner. Porten explained to her that she was living with "postpartum depression that is manifesting in fits of anger," and asked about medication to control it.
"I tell them I have a very strong support system at home," the new mom wrote on Facebook, "so although I would never hurt myself or my baby, I’m having violent thoughts and I need medication and therapy to get through this.”
After a quick exam the nurse left the room to get the doctor. Then, the nurse came back alone, and told Porten she had called the police. But Porten's awful day would only get worse.