depression...

Meriah - posted on 11/25/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have been flattened by depression lately. I didn't have much initial post partum depression - just the usual few days that the books talked about. What I've been having lately though is much worse - just flat out, knock my socks off and lie on the couch all day crying kind of depression...
My baby is almost 7 months old.. this shouldn't be happening, should it? Does anything like this happen to any of you?

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Crystal - posted on 12/09/2008

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my son is 4.5 months and i have a 2.5 year old son as well. i don't know if it's the combination of caring for them both or if it's hormonal or exhaustion but it's horrible. i feel like such a bad mother. i'm short tempered and frustrated and just feel defeated. i hope it gets better soon.

Susan - posted on 12/04/2008

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Wow!! My son is 6 and half months and for the last two months I have been feeling the same exact way!!! I finally started a counselor and was prescribed some meds. They said that is very common...more common then anyone knows because no one wants to talk about it!

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Exercise and sunshine. Obviously not without some effort on your part but get off the couch (tear stained and puffy as you may be ;p). Exercise really changed my life, I was going through the same thing then one day, I had enough and forced myself off the couch. It's okay to have a bad day occasionally, but the good now FAR outweigh the bad. And if you ever need a friend, send me a message.

User - posted on 12/02/2008

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ABSOLUTELY! It can happened up to 1 years of age. It takes a good year for your body to get back to normal after having a baby. Along with being on the couch and just crying do you have any thoughts of not wanting to deal with your baby at times ,etc. Sometimes our hormones go off balance and has a hard time getting back on track and the seritonin in our brains is a little out of whack. Sometimes we need to take something for it,which helped me . I had ppd, PPD is a little worse than just the baby blues they call it, its depression! You did two great things you became aware of it and you reached out,that is a start right there to healing. Keep asking questions and call your Dr. a little pill can do wonders and its not forever .It will help get through your slump.Just keep asking!!

Kimberly - posted on 11/26/2008

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I've been where you are now. Everything was fine. I went back to work (shift work) when my son was 7 weeks old. At 8 months post partum, I changed jobs, left old friends behind. it was the stress of changing jobs that triggered it in to full depression. i went to my primary, they checked my blood levels to make sure hormones were ok. I was put on Lexapro, mild antidepressant/ anti-anxiety. I was on it for about 3 months. Mine was more anxiety driven. Don't be affraid to get the help you need. IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BAD MOTHER!! if you don't take care of yourself, then you can't take care of the baby and the family.

Sarah - posted on 11/25/2008

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post-partum can still raise it's ugly head even now. is it just the occasional day, or is it happening for several days in a row? if it is persisting, you might want to think about seeing a doctor. having suffered from depressin in the past, i feel it is vital to reach out for the help you need. i really feel for you, and i hope thisd helps. if you are nursing, most anti-depressants are still safe to take, if you decide on that route. if you have a mom group you can get to, or if you have family nearby, try to talk to someone who is supportive. a support network can really make a huge difference. i know it is hard to get off of that couch, but put your baby in the stroller and get out for a walk. exercise is also recommended in this situation. hope this helps. please take care.

User - posted on 11/25/2008

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I've felt the same way some days. I didn't feel it at all after having my son, but I feel it now too. Some days it's pretty bad but I just try my hardest to make the most of it. I think it may just be my hormones trying to get back to where they once were...it may be the same for you as well. If it continues and you really start to feel it even more, I advise you to talk to your doctor...I think I heard that post partum can happen anywhere within babies first year, so take good care of yourself and be able to recognize symptoms before they get worse.

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