Depression????

Laura - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ok my son is 4 months old now but this started when i was about 6 months pregnant, I went to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack, but they said I was having a panic/anxiety attack. My Obgyn said its very common in pregnancy for this to happen, i was like ok, he said it should go away after I have him. So now within the past couple of weeks I started having them again, I feel so weird cause it feels like I cant control my emotions, i get overwhelmed in fear and its scary. I have made a doctors appt to talk with her about it, My question is, is anyone else go through this, I have no one to relate to on this, and what about medication, is it a good thing or bad thing, will it make me not be myself. I just want to feel normal again.....:( let me know if you can help me out........thanks!!!

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Laura - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Kathie:

hey your not alone hunny. its normal
i have post trumatic stress nd it causes really bad anxiety attacks i know exacly what your going through. its hard and its even harder when your scared of having them it just makes it worse... idk if you have talk to your doc yet but i take zolof it helps with depression too but helps my anxiety too.
i also take lorazapam idk if thats how you spell it but it helps when the panic starts. they dont make you not urself thats what i was scared of too but they only help you be yourself again. nothing more nothing less. promise. its scary i totally understand hope i helped if you want you can write me back :D
xooxkathiexoxoxox nd my daughter just turned three months :D


Thank you, I actually went to the doctor today and she put me on celexa, and omg i took it and i took a nap and wok e up and I had blury vision, sweating, shaking. so i called my husband he came home from work and took me back to the doctor, and she said i definatley had a reaction to the medicine, so now im even more scared to try a different medicine she prescribed.  Im at a loss, I am going crazy!!!!!

Kathie - posted on 07/01/2009

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hey your not alone hunny. its normal

i have post trumatic stress nd it causes really bad anxiety attacks i know exacly what your going through. its hard and its even harder when your scared of having them it just makes it worse... idk if you have talk to your doc yet but i take zolof it helps with depression too but helps my anxiety too.

i also take lorazapam idk if thats how you spell it but it helps when the panic starts. they dont make you not urself thats what i was scared of too but they only help you be yourself again. nothing more nothing less. promise. its scary i totally understand hope i helped if you want you can write me back :D

xooxkathiexoxoxox nd my daughter just turned three months :D

Ez - posted on 07/01/2009

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I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder when I was 23 (years before I was pregnant), but in reality had been having panic attacks for a long time. What you're describing is classic panic attack, and very very scary. I used to actually pass out because my heart would race and I'd hyperventilate. I was put on medication and within a couple of weeks I felt better. The medication I take is called Lexapro. It's an SSRI that is also used for depression and OCD. It is not addictive like some other anti-anxiety meds like Xanax or Valium, and was safe for me to take while pregnant and BFing. I've tried to come off the medication a couple of times but the panic attacks always return, even when I can't identify that anything is 'wrong'. With the medication I have very few anxiety symptoms at all.
So definitely speak to your doctor. Tell them how you feel and that you want to be treated. They may suggest some counselling or cognitive therapy to accompany any medication also.
It is totally possible to feel normal again, though I understand when you're in an acute anxiety state it feels like you're going to feel that way forever. Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had my issues with panic and anxiety attacks while pregnant and afterwards.

Honey, meds are there for those that need it. You'll know if they work right away. If they don't you'll just feel numb and emotionless even when you have what should make you feel down after a "bad" day. I couldn't control anything either and thought for sure it was something else more serious. The way I realized it was panic attacks was by taking an ice pack out while I was suffering an episode and slapping it on and just concentrating on that...it helped me thru them. Also, I went to a chiropractor that practiced acupressure and cranial manipulation...they shift the plates in your skull instead of wrenching on you. I was out from the birth and spinal and that was throwing my system off too.

That said, all the docs just wanted me on xanax. I realized that my attacks were due to my body not being able to handle stress of pregnancy and hormones readjusting. You just went thru a very big event. Pregnancy and what it does to the body is so under-rated. Something else. I am vitamin deficient, so I knew that right around the sixth month and afterward (especially if breastfeeding) your body is naturally deficient in vitamins. Plus, the typical solid vitamin will only digest 40-60%.

I prefer more homopathic and natural methods, and since I was enough of a mess naturally, a script wouldn't fix the problem just mask the symptoms for me. So for starters, I took LOTS of B vitamins. (Garden of Life has a RawCode B Complex that is great in regards to what it offers and how much since I wanted a larger dose). B vitamins regulate your nervous system and control how you react to stress. B12 especially. Same with Vitamin C and echinacea. You want your immune system to rev up too since your nervous system being down can make you sick. There are also calming herb complex's that have an assortment including rosehips. I really used some great grade aromatherapy oils too. Young Living Oils are theraputic grade, organic and edible. They're the good stuff.

Now some people just want the script and others can go my route. Once I calmed my body down and supported the nervous system I felt better and the attacks reduced and then went away. Just hope you feel better soon...

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had my issues with panic and anxiety attacks while pregnant and afterwards.

Honey, meds are there for those that need it. You'll know if they work right away. If they don't you'll just feel numb and emotionless even when you have what should make you feel down after a "bad" day. I couldn't control anything either and thought for sure it was something else more serious. The way I realized it was panic attacks was by taking an ice pack out while I was suffering an episode and slapping it on and just concentrating on that...it helped me thru them. Also, I went to a chiropractor that practiced acupressure and cranial manipulation...they shift the plates in your skull instead of wrenching on you. I was out from the birth and spinal and that was throwing my system off too.

That said, all the docs just wanted me on xanax. I realized that my attacks were due to my body not being able to handle stress of pregnancy and hormones readjusting. You just went thru a very big event. Pregnancy and what it does to the body is so under-rated. Something else. I am vitamin deficient, so I knew that right around the sixth month and afterward (especially if breastfeeding) your body is naturally deficient in vitamins. Plus, the typical solid vitamin will only digest 40-60%.

I prefer more homopathic and natural methods, and since I was enough of a mess naturally, a script wouldn't fix the problem just mask the symptoms for me. So for starters, I took LOTS of B vitamins. (Garden of Life has a RawCode B Complex that is great in regards to what it offers and how much since I wanted a larger dose). B vitamins regulate your nervous system and control how you react to stress. B12 especially. Same with Vitamin C and echinacea. You want your immune system to rev up too since your nervous system being down can make you sick. There are also calming herb complex's that have an assortment including rosehips. I really used some great grade aromatherapy oils too. Young Living Oils are theraputic grade, organic and edible. They're the good stuff.

Now some people just want the script and others can go my route. Once I calmed my body down and supported the nervous system I felt better and the attacks reduced and then went away. Just hope you feel better soon...

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