Post partum depression treatment options

Megan - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi! I am a mother of 2 wonderful kids-2 1/2 years and 2 1/2 months old. I have been dealing with depression for years now, so it was no surprise when I was diagnosed with PPD after my first. Now it looks like it's set in again. I am breastfeeding and am reluctant to start any meds to treat it. (We tried Paxil while I was still breastfeeding my first and neither of us did well at all.) I never had great results with counseling. Though I don't know if I was really actively participating in it, either. I was wondering what helped other mothers out there and what you might suggest. Something needs to change because it seems that I'm either angry and yelling or a zombie. I don't like being this way and I know it's affecting my kids (particularly my 2 year old son, as he gets the brunt of my anger more often than not.) Thanks for reading :)

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Janine - posted on 06/20/2010

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I had a mild form of depresson after the birth of my second child six months ago. I was luck and didn't need to go on to medication but what got me through was speaking to my health vistor . i didn't want to say anything to my family as i saw it as a sign of failure that, i couldn't cope. One thing my health visitor said to me was do something of you swimming, running anything you fancy but make it an appointment with your self because you will keep it if you don't there is always so other call on your time and you don't get your "me time" - so make that appointment

Carolee - posted on 06/20/2010

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My doctor puts me on Lexapro. It starts working within a couple of days, and is safe for those who choose to breastfeed (it's also safe during pregnancy).

Isobel - posted on 06/20/2010

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I was diagnosed with PND (also known as PPD) after my first daughter and put on to Cipramil (Citalopram, Celexa). Helped immensely! I've been on it for 8 1/2 years including through two more pregnancies. I tried breastfeeding but things didn't work out so all 3 kids have been bottle-fed, but the main point here is there was no suggestion that the Cipramil would be a problem for my bubbies. Hope you find this helpful - it's hard enough feeling the depression but when you get the guilt thing about it affecting your kids as well, it's just palin horrible. All the best.

Rashmi - posted on 06/19/2010

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AUM is spelled as "OOOOOHHHHHMMMMMM". attaching a video so that u know how to do it correctly


i would say make your babies to her this...it has a soothing effect on everyone

Rashmi - posted on 06/19/2010

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I suffered with PPD for sometime after having my daughter....but she turned out to be the inspiration for me to come out of it....i focused all my energies on her....have you tried yoga and meditation....it really works. A simple meditation technique is ....close your eyes....concentrate on your breath.....and let the claming effect set in....and then chant "AUM" till you feel relaxed.

Charla - posted on 06/19/2010

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My doc told me that me taking meds would put my child at risk for ADD/ADHD. This was both while pregnant and breastfeeding. I opted not to take any meds and to be honest, I really had a horrible time of it emotionally. I think I understand where you're at. My main point of advice is to speak up and tell those closest to you, whether that be your spouse or bf, parents, friends, whomever. Tell them. Them them repeatedly that you need their help. You will need a lot of breaks from your kids and support from others in order to make it thru to the other side. Don't just rely on your internet friends. You need tangible face-to-face support. Make a decision to choose life for yourself and your kids. Also, try to remember that this is temporary and it will pass. The hormones do eventually ease up and it will get better. When you're done breastfeeding then consider your options with meds or whatever. You are ok, you are a loving mother with two precious children, and you WILL make it.

Megan - posted on 06/19/2010

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No, the only medication I tried while breastfeeding was Paxil. I was nervous about trying anything else while breastfeeding. After we stopped, the dr put me on Pristiq, which helped some. That was stopped when I got pregnant again...

Katherine - posted on 06/19/2010

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Have you tried Zoloft? I didn't think Paxil was ok for BF ing......

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