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Brandee - posted on 07/21/2011
I was ok after I had my son in July 2008. However, I took a new job that wanted me to start right away, so I was only 4 weeks post delivery. I only lasted a couple of weeks. I had a nervous breakdown and couldn't even get out of my car. My husband had to come drive me home. That is very out of character for me. I am the level headed decision maker of the family, so to not be in control of my emotions and reactions was terrible. I went to the doctor and he started me on Prestique. I took it for several months. It just made me able to feel more relaxed and little things didn't bother me like they were. I never expected any type of anxiety problems. Now I just found out I am expecting a new baby and I am preparing myself to take the full 12 weeks that FMLA allows. I know this time that I need the recovery time before trying to be a working mom again. Just be very open with your doctor about what you are feeling. He knew exactly what I needed and weened me off after a few months when he felt that I had settled down. Good Luck and just know that you are definitely not alone!!
Neva - posted on 07/19/2011
Yes, it does eventually get better. How long have you been on meds? It usually takes medication 4 weeks before you start seeing improvement and sometimes the dosage needs to be increased or another medication needs to be added. I would keep letting your doctor know what is happening, but would also try to find a therapist that deals with post partum depression/anxiety. Make sure that you keep talking to your loved ones and let them know how you are feeling so that they can keep both you and your baby safe. Therapy plus medication works better than either one alone. Don't be discouraged, this is common, but it is important that you don't ignore what's going on. If the doctors that you are going to aren't helping find another one.
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