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  • Sheelah Kolhatkar Cold Shoulders “Women can always show their shoulders because they never gain weight there,” said Donna Karan on April 20 to 400 or so fashion-design students at Parsons, her alma mater.

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  • Sheelah had to be placed on major tranquilizers, and she remained in hospital for six weeks—completely separated from the baby whom she had refused to stop nursing.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • Sheelah, a 24-year-old Indo-Canadian woman came to Canada with her parents when she was three years old.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • The family had three children, all daughters, and when Sheelah gave birth to a son, her parents were ecstatic.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • When I met with Sheelah, it was clear that she was in the midst of a major clinical depression that would require treatment with medication.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • They must barely have reached home when I received a phone call from Sheelah saying she would not be in the next day and that she felt she could handle her own problems.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • Their approach, both as professionals and as women with the similar experience of motherhood, helped Sheelah find some balance in her feelings towards her baby.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • I gave Sheelah a prescription for an antidepressant and scheduled an appointment for the next day.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • Sheelah began to have negative feelings towards everyone around her—the baby, her husband, and her widowed mother-in-law, who lived in a suite in their house.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • As her recovery progressed in hospital, Sheelah had the opportunity to talk with other health care professionals—nurses, occupational therapists, social workers—many of whom were mothers themselves.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

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