post natal depression (australia)

Dinah - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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any mothers who have had or are currently suffering from postnatal depression and are living in australia who need to share their stories??? I had it with all 3 children and have since been diagnosed with a more long term mental illness.

Motherhood is the hardest job in the world but doing it whilst suffering from depression is almost impossible

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Brooke - posted on 02/10/2010

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My husband was absolutely wonderful! When I had my first, I was only 18 and had no-one to talk to, all my friends were still out partying. We were living in Qld and the only family around was my mother, who was more hindrance than help! I was on medication, but the thing I found most helpful was joing the ABA (Aust. breastfeeding Association) and finding people who gave me a hug when I said I could not handle it anymore. My second was easier because we moved to Vic. where I had my family, and the support made so much difference, even if they didn't understand exactly what they were supporting!

Samantha - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi there,
I'm also an Aussie mum, had it with both my children. I found mine was most definitely worse the second time around, so much so that it has put me off having any more children. I am happy with my 2 anyway! My youngest has just turned 2 and I am still on medication but I am happy to be where I am at the moment! It has been (like all of you I'm sure) a long, hard battle but I've come out the other side.

Jackie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi Dinah, my name's Jackie & I'm in Adelaide. Went thru it with my first son,badly, & ever since have been on & off of anti-depressents of all strengths & brands! I am now a happy mum of 6 & their Dad is wonderful with it. He doesn't fully understand it, but tries,& supports me when I need it.If You want the full story, let me know-it's a long one!

Eleanor - posted on 09/14/2009

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i agree, without the support of my husband i don't think i would still be here.

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