Can You Have PPD 6 Months After Giving Birth??

Alyssa - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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i was wondering if you could have ppd 6 months after giving birth???

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Angela - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter will be 3 in May and I'm still depressed. I tried starting my own business to escape motherhood but it just gets in the way and is making me even more depressed. My husband won't let me fold it and is pushing me to get more clients and I feel lost and alone. I don't know how to get out of it as I'm constantly mourning the career-driven, toned, happy woman I used to be. I hope you find your happiness soon.

Tracie - posted on 11/05/2009

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I've been suffering from PPD since my son was 6 months old. I've been receiving treatment as it's an ongoing battle. Definitely get help girl! Good luck! :)

Ashley - posted on 03/12/2010

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i was put on zoloft for ppd after my son was born in may 2009 last time i went too my doctor like 2 months ago he asked if i was still depressed and stuff he told me that after 6 months it is no longer ppd it is just depresion. its best too talk to your doctor he can explain it better too you and get you what you need

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Erin - posted on 07/29/2010

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I have a 6 month old daughter and I kid you not, my PPD started the moment she was born. You can even go to a walk in clinic to get help. Here in British Columbia, there's a group called Pacfic post partum and they're awesome.

http://www.postpartum.org/

Laura - posted on 05/20/2010

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I was diagnosed with PPD after my 5 yr old was born, but I refused to believe it, so I never took my medication. After having 2 more children after him my depression was so deep I could barely get out of bed to go to the bathroom. I went back to the dr 2 months ago and they put me on Prozac. I'll tell ya, I wish I would have listened 5 yrs ago and took my meds because I am a TOTALLY different person. Good Luck!!

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2010

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yes yes yes. I didnt realise I had it with my first child until about 6 months. I had my husband aand family memebers ask me to go ask my doctor why I was so sad all the time, and angry.get help it will make a huge differnece!!!

Shalaina - posted on 03/24/2010

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I know how you feel! I had it bad for awhile but it has lessened (he is 8 months). I talked to my OB and they were very helpful, had a short quiz to take and a lot of information and can prescribe something if needed.

Good luck and remember you are NOT alone!

Nicki - posted on 01/04/2010

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I didnt realize I had it until my daughter was one. I didnt start getting serious help for it until she was almost 2.

Clare - posted on 11/04/2009

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Yes definitely I suffered with ptbd (post traumatic birth disorder) a year after my first son was born. I eventually went to docs and was prescribed anti depressants and cognitive behaviour therapy as I also suffer from OCD. I think the biggest step was admitting something was wrong! I didn't fully get over my 1st birth until I had my second child. Nowadays I am enjoying life to the full and would say just remember there's a rainbow waiting after the rain. xxx

Dube_cindy - posted on 10/28/2009

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my husband thought it was just drama too. Even though i am back to myself I talk to him about the experience and he still can't understand. I felt no support from him. I got well by myself.

Dube_cindy - posted on 10/28/2009

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That's when it happened to me! My baby is 16 months now and I am back to myself. It takes time but you will get there. If you have any questions about my experience just ask.

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Your regular doctor is where to start. If they do not know or are not well trained then they can refer you to people and services that can help you.

Alyssa - posted on 08/06/2009

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thanks guys but what kind of a doctor should i go to???my ob? or just a regular dr??

Deb - posted on 08/06/2009

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I agree with Chelsea. Take care of yourself. Definitely get help if you need it.

Postpartum problems can be "mild" or very severe. Depression can be - - feeling sad often, crying a lot of the time, being very un-motivated, or many other things. Each person is different.

Postpartum problems can be caused by chemical and hormonal changes in your body. It is not something to be ashamed of. It may require medical attention.

One thing that I had to learn (I had postpartum psychosis in 1986, after my son was born) was to ask for help and to accept help when others offered it.

Best wishes to you,
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Wow all of that an a 6 month old to care for you definately do it. A lot of men don't really get it. They think it's a bunch of drama but it is a real medical condition that requires treatment. Try and see a counciller, sometimes just talking things out with a neutral party helps get your thoughts in order.



If you are thinking of harming yourself or your child I strongly recomend seeing your physician and having the situation monitered. Just know that the most important thing for your child is YOU! For you to be able to take care of them you need to take care of yourself.

Alyssa - posted on 08/05/2009

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i was just wondering because i am the one that is having depression and i told my boyfriend/baby daddy and he just thinks im making it up...alot of dramma has been going on in the past two months(being kicked out....roumors...stuff like that) and ive gotten so depressed

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Yes PPD can strike from birth up until your child is around 2 years of age. There is no set time when it can occur. It varies woman to woman because everyone has different physical, mental, and hormonal changes at different times after delivery.



So if you or someone you know is showing symptoms of PPD seek help from your physician and some councilling ASAP to nip it in the bud.

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