postpartum depression

Desiree - posted on 05/31/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I went thru postpartum depression. it was really hard, Ive been depressed before but this was hard. i wanted to just go away, i felt like going in the bath room and dieing. i felt like i had no support and i was doing it by my self. they gave me medicine for it. but after the first six months my husband decided to not pay for the meds anymore. It was really hard going from having that little bit of help to absolutly nothing. I feel like after a year i still have it a little. I dont know... can it keep going on after the first year?

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Esther - posted on 06/04/2009

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Hi Desiree... I'm a mommy of two beautiful children who are now 5 and 7 years old. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that you're not alone.



Let me tell you a little bit about my experience. My daughter and son were born 14 months apart. My daughter first. Three weeks after having her I moved to another country. I was away from my family but over the moon with love for my baby. When she was around 5 months old I found out that I was pregnant with my second child. My son was just one month old when my father passed away (we were still in Germany during all of this). I was in a daze... and I stayed there for a very, very long time. I was absolutely depressed, but I didn't know it at the time. I thought I was just missing my family and mourning the loss of my father. I had no medication. A year later my mother passed away... still I didn't even know that I was depressed until much later. I don't know your exact situation. I don't know what you're going through. But I do know that you CAN overcome this. I finally started to come out of the haze years later. I was getting chronic headaches and went to see a doctor who wanted to put me on antidepressants but I refused. I've always been a bit of a naturalist and I wanted to try to get past this without medicating myself. So, I went to see an acupuncturist. He explained what was going on inside me chemically and also told me that there is a very strong link between our spiritual health and physical health.

He treated me for a few months and during that time I learned a lot about how to help myself. We all know this. We just need to be reminded sometimes. Eat right, EXERCISE and as cheesy as it sounds... take time to do three beautiful things for yourself every day. Pick some flowers, indulge in that slice of chocolate cake, wear the expensive perfume or that outfit you've been saving for a special occasion. Everyone is different. But examine your life. Is it postpartum or could there be something else going on? You have to work to bring yourself out of this. Drugs are dangerous because they can become a crutch. YOU can make yourself better.



I don't know what your spiritual life is like, please know that it is not my intention to impose my personal beliefs on you or to offend you in any way. What I am about to say is coming from my heart. Please... ask for help if you need it. Pray, and lay your burden down before the LORD. Listen for the voice of GOD in all of this. He created you to be a mother and he doesn't make mistakes. He wants you to be happy. I'll be praying for you Desiree. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY.

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Valerie - posted on 06/25/2009

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It can and may be more than post partum...if you think the meds were working, can you call the doctor and perhaps receive free samples? can you afford counseling? perhaps the cards on this site could help lift your spirits: www.virtuesvillagellc.com virtues reflection cards

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Hi Desiree. I too suffer from postpartum depression and I know others who suffer from it even a year after birth. My doctor felt the best rememdy is therapy and talking to others about it. I would suggest seeking a postpartum support group in your local area. It really does help to discuss your feelings with a professional and help you relieve your depression. I wish you all the best!

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