Post Natal Depression

Allison - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else been suffering this awful illness since last year? I have found I have been really bad this time round, but I have pulled myself out of my hole and started rebuilding myself.... Counselling starts on February 2nd. Didn't realise that it could start so late (when Amelia hit 5 months old) and last so long... as you can see it is now 14 months on.

Would love to hear from anyone else who has either been through it or is still feeling it

Allison xx

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Cheryl - posted on 02/01/2009

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hi Allison, hi ladies, jus wana say i dont think i'v had PND i bad or should i say as serious as some other women but when my son was about 7mths old and i had been back at work for about 2 months i started to get very low - i was on a very slow descent i think coz i neva realised it until sol was about 14 or 15 mths old i jus was not myself. NO confidence, ALMOST NO self-esteem, NO patience, constantly constantly snapping at my son for the smallest of things. There was so much crap goin on at the time with my relationship and I hated myself - i felt like SHIT(excuse my french) but i did. To me i was betraying my own moral standards and it felt like, at this point in my life - having my 1st child it was "crunch-time" i wasn't the type person that i'd claimed to be all these years -I felt that i didn't hav any strenghth of character -i felt ugly-boring-stupid. So i was negative about evryfing and evryone around me. But one day i trhink i jus started to say F@** THIS at i went and bought some clothes coz i didnt want to feel like that any more. NOT trying to say that goin shoppin is gonna end it jus like that and NO- it wasnt as simple as that really but that was the start of my climb back up to feeling like me, infact feeling like the new me. I think that is part of it... u cant go back to the YOU that you were b4 havin a child and it's hard to accept all of the changes that are jus thrown at you but the harsh reality is that u hav no choice but to accept certain changes and that i suppose is only half the battle. I'v talk to so many women as a hair dresser and PND is common for most people these days. It's a hard and horrible thing to go through but look at it as a sneak-preview of the type of person that you DONT really want to be but will end up as is YOU dont CHANGE for YOU AND YOUR KIDS. So good luck for tomorrow Allison, i hope it goes well hun, be positive an you will be fine.x

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2009

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a mum has strength that noone will ever know

she can handle heavy burdens

she holds happiness love and opinions

she smiles when she feels like screaming

she sings when she feels like crying

cries when shes happy and laughs when shes afraid her

her love is unconditional

but theres only one thing wrong with her.................

she sometimes forgets what she is worth







read this everydayxxxxx

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2009

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hey i got diagnosed with p.n.d when kaitlyn-jayde was 4days old her dad left me the day we brought her home. i just cudnt cope. i had a difficult labour and quite a few bad months whilst i was pregnant. i didnt start to bond with her untill she was a month old. i was takin citalopram but that didnt work then started takin fluxotine a type of prozac then came off it. ive had good and bad months but im havin to take fluxotine again as my confidence in myself as a mother has got worse. bonding with my daughter has been hard due to her dad having another baby and the man who helped bring her up for a year walkin out and bringin up his child to someoone else. all i can say is hang in there. p.n.d may never go i have a friend who has had oit for 9 years.. and when u feel at ure lowest cry but remember that u have ure baby who needs u to be strongxxxxx

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hello!



I am a mother of three.  My youngest being 14 months.   I recenlty became a stay at home mom last February.  It has become really overwhleming the last couple months.  I felt isolated and that I lost myself.  I have battled bouts of this since the birth of my first child 6 years ago, but I was so hesitant about taking medication, I just got through it on my own.  However, after this last birth, I could not shake it on my own no matter what I tried to do .  I had no energy, trouble sleeping and my patience level was at zero!  I finally visited with my OBGYN and spoke with her about my symptoms.  She suggested lexapro.   It took effect with me in only two days and I am able to function a lot better.  I am not totally dependent on the medication,  I am doing other things that help such as exercise, and taking "ME" time and trying to put myself  somewhere on the list  instead of nowhere.  It is also important to communicate with your partner so that he knows what you are going through and can help more if needed. It is said that Lexapro is  to be fast acting,  have very few side effects and does not cause weight gain like some of the other anti-depressants.  So far I have found his to be true. I have been taking this medication for about 8 weeks.  Medication may not be the right answer for you but it does not hurt to explore all your options, whether it be counseling, doing something that relieves stress, and finding somethng that brings joy to you and gives you a sense of your self back.  Whatever options you take, just remember to TAKE CARE OF YOU TOO!  I hope this helps.



Best wishes.

Teresa - posted on 01/17/2009

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I am a mother of 4 children and a foster parent to one. I am also a health professional. I haven't had to deal with the depression personally, but just wanted to say good for you for noticing that there was an issue and is going for help. It will make a world of difference for you and especially your family!! Stay strong..

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I'm not going through any counselling as I didnt feel ready at the time but I have been on medication (fluoxetine-prozac) on off since I was in my third trimester. Had pnd with my first hild as well. You will get through it you just have to be prepared to fight for your sanity....x

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