If you suffer from Depression - Post in here to meet other mom who do to.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/17/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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If you suffer from depression I was hoping that moms would post in here to meet other moms suffering the same as you. Feel free to post anywhere you like. I have two other communities that are a little more active and I would love for you to join them.



Bitchin Ladies

http://www.circleofmoms.com/ladies-bitch...





Mummy Chat

http://www.circleofmoms.com/mummy-chat





Hope to see you there. :)

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Jodie - posted on 08/19/2011

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Hi. I've been suffering anxiety and depression for 15 years since the early stages of pregnancy with my 2nd child. My son was only 3 months old when I fell pregnant with my daughter so theres theories it could be delated post natal or prenatal depression that was the trigger.

I became fully blown agoraphobic almost overnight and just making it to antenatal checkups was a nightmare! I've been through various stages of recovery and relapses.

At the moment I'm mainly having to deal with the physical aspects of depression. Or at least my doctors just put my symptoms down to depression. I feel like it's a bit of a cop out personally.

Does any one else get sick of doctors passing off illnesses as "depression"?

Anne - posted on 08/20/2011

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I've struggled with depression for nearly all of my life. My childhood wasn't very loving, then in incident in my teens really set it off. My first boyfriend was a complete bastard as well. I fifn't really start "dealing" with it until my hubby came along and he's been an absolute god-send. Then I got post-natal after the birth of my son which complicated matters for me and for the first time in my life I had to resort to anti-depressants. I got Pristiq and it was fantastic. So I closely monitored myself after the birth of my daughter and realised that post-natal was setting in again and earlier than with my son so it was back onto the Pristiq - only this time I've had to get the dosage upped and it wasn't working like it was before. Some days are good and some days are bad enough that even I realise that I'm not totally with it. Most of the time I can laugh about it but sometimes I'm just reduced to tears. If it weren't for my hubby, I have no idea where I would be.

Michele - posted on 08/19/2011

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I've had some issues with depression & anxiety since my early teens, nothing extreme. I've been able to deal most of the time through excercise & change of thought. I was on paxil for a year in my 20's, but it made me tired & I didn't have any emotions 1 way or the other. So I won't go on meds again. I'm now 23 weeks along in my first pregnancy, after 1 misscarriage last year. I'm finding that the depression is sneaking it's way back in. I'm sure it's the hormones, blah blah blah, but when do you know if it's more than just being an emotional woman & true depression? I'm worried that post partum will hit me & I want to do anything possible to avoid it, or at least see the symptoms coming.

Melanie - posted on 08/19/2011

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I am a single mom of three and I suffer from depression. I was diagnosed during my last pregnancy. I am on welbrutrin, zoloft and sleep aid medicine. Every day is a struggle. Any and everything triggers it. I don't go outside and it literally takes me all day to complete one tasks. I misplace and forget things all the time. I don't feel like I will be a proper mom for my kids. Two of the three kids have issues that I am afraid I want be able to deal with. I am not working and trying to manage my household as the local candylady. I really don't like to be around a lot of people. I just feel safe being at home. I just to be normal and whole again.

Tilanie - posted on 08/19/2011

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Thanks Shannin........yeah it is good sometimes just to get thing off your chest in a place where there is understanding so thanks for creating this.

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Jashlyn Canon - posted on 07/29/2012

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Hi all,
I suffer from Chronic PTSD, social anxiety and depression...plus I am diabetic and have several physical issues. I just found a new Dr. who hasnt been much help yet..but I am hopeful also I am in therapy on a bi-weekly basis. I am 24, newly married with 2 boys and am a survivor of domestic violence. Nice to meet you all and i look forward to sharing and learning and supporting here. Thank you for having me and allowing me to read your stories.

Shannintipton - posted on 12/27/2011

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Gemma I just wished that this group was more active. It kind of makes me sad. I wish I could be more help to more people on here. I try to get people to post and then forget about it. I dont get notifications when people post here or if a new member joins. It makes it a little harder for me with my memory problems to remember to check this community all the time.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2011

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The clinic was all women. Not many moms though. That was okay. Felt lonely at times with the language though. Even the drs have faith that aim able to get through.

Shannintipton - posted on 12/27/2011

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Did you meet other moms that you will be keeping in contact with. I hope so. It is nice to be able to communicate with others who know EXACTLY what you are going threw.

Shannintipton - posted on 12/27/2011

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You should be getting back into the swing of things hopefully in no time. It might be a little bit of an adjustment but with the new tools that you learned I am sure you will do it just fine. I hope we see more of you here and in Bitchin Ladies. I thought we lost you for good. It is great to see you again.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2011

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No problem. Yep hard to believe. Was complicated-moved between wards a few times.

Had packing and unpacking down to an art-felt like a gypsy at times even within the clinic.made some lovely friends while there too. Just hard to adjust to being back.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2011

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I came home shortly before Xmas. Still trying to adjust to daily life. Good to celebrate with my little family. And figure out my new toy when the kids are gone to bed. The clinic was good for me. Four months goes by really fast. Good thing I do have a network set up.
Have developed a new hobby while there-soapstone carving. Great for days of full aggression.

Shannintipton - posted on 12/27/2011

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Sorry Gemma I am reading backwards. I just found you previous post. four months is a long time. shesh

Shannintipton - posted on 12/27/2011

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GEMMA OMG. How are you. I havent seen or heard from you in ages. How is everything going.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2011

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Didn't want to accept it at all. And my myriad was complicated by post partum depression.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2011

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Hi there, good to be back on the board-one piece of advice I wish I received before going home is how do I reclaim my position in the family after being way so long. I sure didn't anticipate being away from my two small kids for 4months to be in a clinic to treat my complexities of the depressIon. There is nothing in the books about how it would affect the family when you have to be away for a while due to health issues. My case mental Heath. Burnout hurts like hell.

Shannintipton - posted on 09/01/2011

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Hi Marie-anne, First off how are you? I am sorry to here you dont get on CoM more. That is to bad. I would love to chat with you more. So I really only have a few questions. What makes you think your depressed. Have you seen a doctor and are you on any medications. If so are they helping at all. I sorry to here your family isnt a little more supportive. That makes it tough. There are a lot of ladies that you could vent to if that might help. Sometime just getting it off your chest can make you feel better. So just to let you know you can talk to me anytime. Like I have said a million times to others. I may not have the answer but I am a good listener. Feel free to contact me any time. I hope to talk with you soon and Good Luck. :)

Marie-anne - posted on 09/01/2011

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sorry took so long to reply, dont get on here much. im willing to answer ur questions Shannin, and dont hink u would be prying.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/31/2011

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Hi Emma. I am in the United States. Nice to meet you. I have been on zoloft for close to twenty years. I have not had any side effects from taking it. But like you said. I too have problems when I dont take it. I would question your doctor about the side effects if they bother you that much. Me, myself would rather be of a rational mind. But then again. I dont have bad side effects only when I dont take it. Ha ha. Are you on any other meds, may I ask. I am on tons from a lot of different reasons. I dont want to bore you with the details. But I am an open book. Just ask. oh one other thing. If you do decide to go off the zoloft on your own you should really WEAN yourself off it. DONT QUIT COLD TURKEY. I hear it can be very dangerous. Well that is all for now. I hope to chat with you soon and thanks for joining this community. :)

Emma - posted on 08/31/2011

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Hi Shannin, Good to hear from you. I don't have a problem taking Prozac, it's just I start to feel better and then I forget to take it! Which is when people start to notice a difference. I would like to come off it at some point though as I have been on prozac now for 8 years! I have heard that the pill can make you depressed and I have been on this pill for 8 years now. Not sure if that is true. Did think about coming off the pill to see if that helps but have read about people having terrible side effects from coming off the pill, plus I am irregular with my periods, as in 1 every 8 months! Will be great to chat to people from different parts of the world, I'm from the United Kingdom :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/31/2011

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Hi Emma. I am glad you found your way here. I take zoloft too. It works so well that I feel I dont need it anymore. So I go off it. Guess what. I do need it. So all I could say to you is it is a small price to pay for sanity. If they can tell when you go off it, then I would guess that it is working. Do you have a problem staying on it. Or do you feel you just dont need it. Please feel free to chat with me or any of these ladies any time. They are a wealth of information. They are from all over the world so the turn around time may not be instant. But please keep checking in with us any time. Hope to chat with you soon. :)

Emma - posted on 08/31/2011

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Hi Ladies, I gave birth to my daughter in 2003 and was diagnosed with post natal depression and was put on prozac straight away! unfortunately I have been on them ever since and find it very hard to try and come off them. But I find now my body has got used to them and they don't really help that much, but when i do come off them, let's just say i'm not a very nice person! I hate it as sometimes my daughter has said she thinks I don't love her because I shout at her all the time, when obviously i do love her but I just feel so angry all the time. I feel very detached from people too. I know I love my family but i don't always feel I do if that makes sense! Would be good to chat to people who feel the same :)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/29/2011

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I live in chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, migraines, degenerative disc etc. So I have depression because of the pain and the inability to do things I want to or even sometimes need to do. But I've dealt with depression since I was a child from things that I experienced and then there is the chemical imbalence from the fibro. I've tried multiple medications which help right away, but then I get worse than before the meds. Cymbalta made me angry, I was a total bitch on it. Tramadol made me moronic I didn't know how to even add single didgets or read beyond 5th grade level. Prozac made me happy but I had no regard for tomorrow. I spent a paycheck and had nothing to show for it because all that I was concerned about was what felt good at the moment. So I'm really hesitant to try anything else other than counseling.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/21/2011

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Hi Shannon, I hope you are seeking medical attention for these conditions. It doesnt make you a bad person to be on medication or to need help. I would say you are being a good mom by recognizing there is something wrong. I have also found CoMs a great place to get some MORAL support. There are a lot of great ladies on here available to just listen or give advice. I think it is nice to chat with others who are feeling similar to me. And just so you know if you ever need to chat or want someone to just listen, you can talk to me anytime. I may not have the answers but I can always listen. I hope to see you around. You are not alone. :)

Shannon - posted on 08/21/2011

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I suffer from depression, anxiety, bi-p and OCD. looking to become a better mom

Shannintipton - posted on 08/20/2011

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Hi Anne, To me is sounds like you are on the right track. I am sorry that your meds are working to the best of their ability. I would go to the doctor if it were me. There are so many meds out there. Yes it can be frustrating trying different meds but when you find the right one it can be amazing. I think it would be worth a try. Please keep in mind I am NOT a doctor. So you ultimately have to go with your gut feeling. I just know for me after trying so many meds I was ready to give up. I am thrilled I didnt. I took this one doctor and fitted me with the magic bullet for my condition and things are so much better. I still have my moments but nothing like before. I hope you find your way back here from time to time because I think CoM is a great place to talk with other moms who may be going through something similar. It is a great place to get and even give advice to moms just like yourself. If you ever need to chat or need someone to just listen, feel free to contact me anytime. I may not have the answer but I have a great set of ears. Hope to talk to you soon. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/19/2011

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Hi Michele, I think you are of to a great start by realizing that there may be an issue. A lot of people are in denial. I think Circle of Moms is a great place to meet other moms who may be in the same place you are. It is a great social outlet. You can get lots of advice and even give some. I hope you will continue to come back to chat. I dont want you to feel like you are alone in this. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just need to chat. I may not have the answers but I am great at listening. Hope to chat with you soon. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/19/2011

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Hi Melanie, I am glad you found my community. I hope you will find comfort in the fact that there are others like us out here. I hope you continue to chat here and maybe meet some other moms like yourself. I myself have a brain injury and depression too. I dont like to leave the house. That is why I love CoM (Circle of Moms) so much fun. You can socialize without leaving the comforts of your own home. I just wanted to say HI and let you know that if you ever needed to chat you can contact me anytime. This is a great place to met other moms to get advice and maybe give it too.
Hope to chat with you soon. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/19/2011

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It is really frustrating when even doctors dont take you seriously. And yes this has happen to me too. I am on so many different medications its ridiculous. They only thing I could suggest to you is find another doctor. And keep in mind you are not along. Please come here anytime you feel the need to vent or even just chit chat. I try to check the site daily. More so now that it is becoming more active. You will find a lot of great ladies here. Any you will never be alone. Feel free to contact me ANYTIME regarding anything. Hope to talk to you soon. Welcome aboard. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Hi Tilanie. My hubby is on Warfrin too. He is on it for life. I am happy you made it to this community. There may be other moms that you can share with. Most of us have some sort of issues. Though they may differ from yours. We are all looking for help and support. I think you will find that here. Please feel free to contact me any time you want to chat or if you have any questions. I may not have the answer but I can ALWAYS listen. I hope this community will help even some small way. Good luck and hope to talk with you soon. :)

Tilanie - posted on 08/18/2011

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I am also suffering from depression which makes having little ones very difficult, which of course goes hand-in-hand with GUILT 24/7. And yes, I do not think friends and family fully understand how it feels, even though they try to be supportive. I just stared on meds but had such bad side effects I just stopped it. Then unfortunately I got hospitalised with a pulmonary embolism, and is on Warfarin for the next 6 months, so can not even take any herbal/natural stuff for the depression....so it should be an interesting time ahead. Depression and having children is a very difficult combination, but I try and just take it almost hour by hour to try and control it when with my daughter.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Thank you Carolee. That is very helpful. Look forward to talking with you. Thanks ;)

Carolee - posted on 08/18/2011

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My name is Carolee, and I have bi-polar with severe depression. Shannin knows me, but I am willing to honestly answer any questions, and I will give you my honest opinion if you need help.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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I see your point. Which communities do you usually visit when you ARE on. I like Bitchin Ladies. That is mine. ha ha But I like Debating Mums, Moms who need to vent, SAHM. Those are all my favorite. What about you???

Angie - posted on 08/18/2011

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I might be on all the time for a month or so and then not at all for awhile. My computer is junk! Lol! Kinda depends on when it decides to crash and when dh decides to fix it. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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I love this place. I am on here EVERY chance I get. ha ha. So you dont spend a lot of time on here. I can not stop myself. It is addicting. I guess there are worse things to be addicted too. ha ha

Angie - posted on 08/18/2011

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I've been on CoM for a year or two now, but I tend to go in spurts. I do enjoy the chats.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Hi Angie. It does sound like you are down. How long have you been on Circle of Moms. I have been here since March of this year. I hope you will keep coming back. It is a great place to chat with other moms. And yes some that are depressed like us.

Angie - posted on 08/18/2011

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I also struggle with depression as a side effect of some of my meds as well as just generally being disgusted with the state of things since my epilepsy started. I used to have a very good full time job. Now I have a totally useless college degree. Sometimes I am so tired that I can't get anything done around the house and I feel like I can't take good care of my kids and husband etc. It just gets frustrating at times. I am on a med in addition to all my other meds.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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It is a struggle. I am sorry it has taken so long for you to get help. I am hoping there will be other moms as well as myself for you to talk with. I wish there was something I could do to make it better. I dont mean to be discouraging but the disabled communities are not as active as the others. But there are still people out there to talk with. I just hope you keep coming back until you find others to talk with. There are a lot of great ladies in this community some just cant spend a lot of time here due to their disabilities. I personally have met some wonderful ladies here. I hope you do to. Hope to talk with you soon. All the best. :)

Sandy - posted on 08/18/2011

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I would just like to thank everyone for their thoughts and concern I have suffered with this all of my life along with physical disabilities in the last few years Sandy

Sandy - posted on 08/18/2011

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Yes I have a Dr working on getting the right meds I have constant stress I also have high Anxiety PTSD Im tying everyday is a struggle for me

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Thanks. Do you have a doctor? Are you on any medication? Do you have a lot of stresses in you life. It can be a vicious cycle. You get depressed because of what is going on. Others get upset because you are depressed. It can be awful. Please keep in mind I am NOT a dr. of any kind. I just go by what I have been threw. First thing, stop feeling guilty, next work on yourself. Do you have a doctor?

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Sandy I was hoping you would respond to my questions. I have the same advice for you. If you dont have a dr. I would get one. I wish you had a more supportive family to help you get threw this. Hopefully there will be more moms coming on line to chat with you ladies. I am always here if you need to chat. Again I may not have the answers but I can always listen. Hope to talk to you soon too. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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Marie-anne, I am sorry to hear this also. I would be nice to a supportive family to help you out. They really dont help the situation if they behave that way. It just makes it worse for you. I hope you have a dr. that can help you and if you dont. That would be my first priority. I am usually around if you should ever need to talk. I may not have the answers but it is nice just to let it out sometime. Good Luck and hope to talk with you soon. :)

Marie-anne - posted on 08/18/2011

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I have suffered depression since 2001. Feel I am alone with this as my family refuse to accept I have an illness.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/18/2011

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I am really sorry to hear that. It happens to a lot of people so you are not alone. I have some questions and I hope I am not prying.

Sandy - posted on 08/18/2011

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I suffer from severe chronic depression and physical problems I have been aliented by my three daughters because of my problems

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