how long did it take for you to recover from depression after having a baby?

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I dealt with depression for about two years. Only on meds for the last year as I tried my best to not start meds (realized how much of a mistake that was once I felt how good I felt once on them). It was weird that one day I just realized I felt weird on the meds and asked the dr to try taking me off of them. I've been fine for 6 months med free. It's a medical condition that you just have to wait out. It will take your body a while to readjust. What my councelor told me was that the with each subsequential event or episode of depression it typically takes the body longer to recover.

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Kaitlin - posted on 05/26/2012

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It gets a little easier too, as baby starts getting into a schedule. Sometimes this is around 6-9 months. Hang in there, it gets better.

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I was on my meds for three years and I have only been off them since Christmas. Sweetheart, it is a slow process, with good days and bad. I didn't really start to feel "normal" again until about 6 or 7 months after I started the medication. Hang in there, you will get better. I know it's hard and I know that some days you don't think you will ever be the same again but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know, because I have just come out the other end and the sun is shining!
Hugs to you.

Bogumila - posted on 05/25/2012

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I did get medical help and am on medication since about a week after I had my baby. I know it takes a while for the meds to kick in. But, it seems like I feel good for about 2 weeks than I have a set back for about a week. Did anyone go through this? I did have depression four years prior to having my baby and was on meds since, on a low dose especially after I got pregnant. Now it seems that it is harder to get through this than the first time. It's almost 5 months since. I just feel like I will never get better.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/25/2012

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hard to say. it gets a little better every day, but then sometimes you fall back. You definitely need help- support- sometimes medication. Talk to your doctor right away, they can help find all your options in your area and for whatever your specifics are.

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