How do you get over Postpartum Depression when you are all by yourself?

Jennifer-heasley - posted on 01/09/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )




I'm apologizing ahead of time because I haven't really been able to talk to anyone, so I might go on a rant, so I'm sorry. I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression very soon after having my third baby (who is currently 4 months old) but after hearing about all the symptoms and feelings I have come to believe I could have possibly had it for my other children who are 3 and 2. The doctor prescribed me Zoloft and it took away a lot of the suicidal and violent thoughts, it didn't take away the depression. I saw a therapist for awhile and that helped a little but I was only able to see the therapist for 6 visits and am unable to pay for any visits by myself and do not qualify for any low income assistance that will help out with more therapy. Since giving birth my 30 year old husband has been going through like a mid life crisis or something. He started texting another woman at the hospital after I gave birth, he told me he doesn't know who he is as a person, he tells me that he wants to leave me, he said that he doesn't want to have to take care of me and anytime I feel like I need to talk about my stuff or I need support he gets mad because we aren't talking about his depression or how he is feeling. So support from him isn't there and the only reason I brought that up is because he is moving out in February and I will be alone most the time from Sunday night to Saturday morning with the kids and Im afraid all the stress will make things worse on me. My youngest doesn't sleep through the night and as a result I don't really sleep much and I don't know how the older kids will act once he is gone. I don't really have anyone that wants to help me out really. I have family, I have friends but none of them have really been there for me in regards to the postpartum and the kids.


Tyne - posted on 01/09/2013




You need to build yourself a support group be it friend and or family and try to remember thats your a good person..... I wish I could help more as I know what its like not to have a support group myself and it make thing hard you need to take care of yourself inorder to take care of your kids if you wanna chat you can feel free to message me its the least I can do.... feel free to vent or rant we all need people best of luck .....just somone who cares ♥


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Ivy - posted on 01/11/2013




If you don't have money for a therapist, do you have money for part-time help from a babysitter or nanny in order to get much-needed rest? That would also be helpful to you. You might feel less depressed when you feel healthy and up to doing some things that probably seem impossible now. Can you be frank and just humble and beg for help from some of your friends? They might not yet realize how desperate you feel--just try it. You can repay them and help them when you get better!

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2013




First off, I think you are dealing with more than just postpartum depression. That's a lot to deal with all at once. It is important to have a support system, but I know it's tricky to find one. Maybe a reading group at the library, or swim lessons at the Y. Maybe now is the time to get connected into a local church. I would think that most churches have lady groups that would love to serve The Lord through helping you. It just takes courage to take that step and ask for help in person. I pray that you find the help you need. Don't give up!

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