post partum depression on top of regularly occuring depression. need prayers

Stephanie - posted on 11/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i just had a baby a few weeks ago and i have been feeling very very down the past several days. i am predisposed to depression anyway and my family doesnt understand how i feel. i dont know who to talk to , but im crying all the time and am starting to have trouble taking care of my kids. i don;t know how im going to go back to work. any suggestions? ive been on meds before and am debating weather or not to go back on them. they helped before.

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Jenny - posted on 12/03/2009

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Stephanie, i am dealing with the same thing right now. it started Thanksgiving day, and has continued off and on for the past week. i worry about the meds because my psychiatric nurse said that i couldn't breastfeed while on them, but i've discovered that's not necessarily true -- it just depends on the medications.
for now, i'm taking my family's advice: walks with the baby whenever i can, and sleep when he sleeps. last night i promised my husband i would make those two things a priority, and he would help with the other stuff. i am also making an appointment with the psychiatric office i usually go to, just in order to make sure i know how to get back on the meds if i need to.
it's a lot harder than i think any of us expect it to be, being a new mom. hang in there! everyone says it gets easier, and i'm trusting that God will bring me through it. a support system is highly important -- i recommend a Mommy group that's in person besides on here. no matter how good this group is, it can't replace human contact.

Cheryl - posted on 11/23/2009

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I was in a similar boat as you, Stephanie, after my second child was born. But it didn't hit until he was about one (most PPD is 9-18 months but can occur sooner). For me, I did do some counciling, my MOPS group was great support, and I got on some great supplements to help regulate my hormones and Vit B levels.

If you are breastfeeding, I don't think you can go on any anti-depressants but I don't know. I'm kinda anti traditional meds and prefer more natural options so I don't alwasy keep on all that.

Stephanie - posted on 11/23/2009

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thank you for your support and suggestions. i am going to call my doctor this week.

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Yes! talk to your doctor. It's great that the meds worked before. That means there's a very good chance that they will work now. Don't wait for your next check up. Call up the office and set an appointment as soon as you can.

Then, work on getting yourself a support group as Martie suggested.

Anne - posted on 11/23/2009

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Stephanie by all means get help. I know from from first hand experience depression is a very real illness. Talk to your DR. If you were diabetic you would take medicine for that. Depression is just as important to treat. I will be Praying for you that you do what will be the most effective for you. I found that Staying in God's Word especially Psalms made a great deal of difference.

Martie - posted on 11/22/2009

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Can you talk to your doctor? Does he/she understand?



I have had the same struggles. I made the decision to go on anti-depressants for my children who are now adults. When we discuss my depression when they were young they will definately say that they are glad when I went on the meds. It affected my older son more because I really struggled with the pros and cons.



It is important to find a support group if possible. Young moms need to have support. Some people don't understand depression. I will pray that you will be able to find someone to share with.

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