Have you experienced post partum depression?

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Heather - posted on 08/02/2010

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I had the worse post partum depression my husband could not leave for work. If I was on the phone and the other person had to go I cried for hours. Nobody could take my baby out or away from me of I went into a panic attack. I went to the doctors and talked to them and they started me on a antidepressant.

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Kassi - posted on 08/04/2010

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I'm pretty sure I was just depressed in general because of a lot of different factors combined with having my new daughter. My dr put me on low dose medication and within a couple of weeks I felt better than I had in the past couple of years. If you feel like something's wrong it probably is. The better you feel and the healthier you are, the better for you baby. I got to the point where if I wasn't holding her I'd have panic attacks and then other times I'd get irritated at her just for being fussy and I'd have to lay her down or pass her off. I believe it was 2 weeks post meds that I leveled out and incidentally at the same time she started sleeping through the night in her own bed.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2010

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yeah i feel like that too, im 3 months postpartum and i feel like crying too for no reason sometimes :(

Rachel - posted on 08/04/2010

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i had pretty severe post partum depression after my son. at first everything was fine but within about 4 weeks i was a mess. everytime he cried so did i... even in my sleep. i had to quit nursing because i didn't even want to feed him anymore. if its really bad talk to your dr. the best thing for your baby is a healthy happy mommy. good luck.

Leah - posted on 08/02/2010

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Go see your doctor! I had ppd with my first daughter. It was weird, I all of a sudden didn't feel that strong connection and mother-daughter bond with her as I did before. i was living at home, and felt like passing everything off to my mom. i wanted to go out more, be alone, not tied down by her. it was really bizarre. i couldn't help how i was feeling, but at the same time i knew something was wrong.
i made an appt with a therapist and went on medication. it was like night and day- within a couple of weeks I was back to feeling how i should have been- like a good, loving mom who wanted to be with and take care of my daughter.
don't feel guilty- it's sooo common. talk to someone and get help!

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Yes I was getting it really bad until I started co-sleeping. I don't know why it got rid of it but it did. I do relapse every once in a while but I've found that a good cuddle session with my daughter makes me feel a lot better.

Falan - posted on 07/30/2010

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I agree with the other posters and encourage you to get help...you'll feel much better off for it-I sure did (and consequently so did my baby and partner)! Good luck

Jordan - posted on 07/29/2010

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I had a light case of postpartum depression. I felt like everything was wrong and I couldnt fix it no matter hard I tried many times during the day. It was frustrating and depressing. Basically I worked through my emotions and mentality, spoke with friends and family for encouragement and support, and prayed about it. I also got up each day and cleaned or went out to get some physical activity. This covered all basis of mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Hope this helps!

Hdlb123 - posted on 07/29/2010

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I had post-partum after my first child was born. Pretty severe post partum actually, and that mixed with the fact that I was really sick didn't make for a very good first year. If you are having a hard time, talk to someone. Either your doctor or a therapist, it really does help. They will also know if you need to be on some type of medication to help you feel a bit better, There is nothing wrong with it. Hang in there, it gets better.

Jackie - posted on 07/29/2010

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O man did I with baby #2! Any time I couldnt get him to stop crying I cried because I thought I was a bad mother. My ex husband (we were married at the time) would smile at me and I'd cry because he didnt say anything so I was a bad wife. He told me I looked really nice one day and I started crying because I felt like he meant that I didnt look nice any other day. Nothing I tried to do would help and nothing anybody tried to do for me helped either. I finally had to go to the doctor and get some medication. I was given a low dose of citalopram and it did actually help.
This is normal and more common than anybody wants to admit. For every case of reported post pardem theres statistically 20 more non-reported cases. If you do need to go get some meds then theres nothing wrong with it. If it helps you to stabilize your moods then thats what you need. After all a calm mommy makes a calmer baby. They can sence when mommies not quite right or tense.

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Yes. It is normal, but mild cases generally ease up after a month. You may want to speak with your doctor. I was having problems functioning after four months and medication helped me.

Ethel Joy - posted on 07/28/2010

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I'm three months and a half postpartum. And i feel like crying and sad over nothing major..

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