post partum depression?

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7months old and I have just made an appointment to talk to my doctor about post partum depression. I was hesitant to do it because my bad mood and negative attitudes have NEVER been about my child (she is actually the only thing in my life making me happy right now) which i thought that's what post partum was. It just seems like i am constantly in a bad mood, i have no patience with anyone and i know im being miserable but i just cant snap out of it.



im nervous about my appointment because being labeled as "depressed" kind of scares me. can anyone give me an idea of what to expect at my first appointment, please?

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LATASHA - posted on 06/28/2009

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Sarah, I am currently going through the same thing, and i've been going to my appointments for a month now and it is truly helpin me. I feel overwhelmed,mood swings constantly, hopelessness, sadness, very irritabile, and crying constantly. So I know exactly hoe you feel and what you are going through. I know that label of depressed or depression is scary, i didn't want to go to my appointment neither but now i was so happy that i did. My children are 6 ,3, and 1 month and 3 days. My frustration was towards my other two children and never the baby. My bad moods come and go and i have no patience at all with my husband and other children.I am to the point where I dont know where all the bad feeling are coming from, one moment i am fine and the next I am a emotional wreck and a straight b*t*h, but i can't explain what wrong to my husband because I dont understand myself. Please let me know if I have helped you in any way and maybe we can always talk more about out situtaions.

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i really regret my first appt cuz the dr. started asking me really scary questions about wanting to hurt my baby and just crazy stuff so i automatically clammed up and decided i was not crazy, i had no intention of hurting my baby, therefore i did not have post partum depression. it was just an area the dr. had to cover and i made it alot harder on her by not cooperating. i wasn't properly diagnosed for a month.

Christie - posted on 07/06/2009

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I agree with Janice, be completely honest with your doctor, that is the only way they are going to be able to help. Please don't worry about being labled, I know it's scary now, but hopefully you will be able to look back at this and know you made the right choice. Good luck, I hope everything works out for you!

Kim - posted on 06/28/2009

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I completely know how you feel. My daughter just turned 8 months and I have been dealing with post pardum since she was about 3 months old. I was given a prescription to help me and I don't think it is really doing anything for me at this point. It is scary not being in control of your emotions but hopefully your doctor will be able to help you out. Best of luck to you!

Terell - posted on 06/28/2009

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Aww...I empathize with you Sarah. My advice to you would be to go ahead and make the appointment to definitely speak with someone about your feelings,moodswings,etc..



You are not the only woman who experience these emotions after a child, so please don't feel that way. Your body has gone through many changes with in the past year and trying to balance out your harmones, may require some medical attention.



So please, seek medical attention for your concerns especially if this isn't normal. Do not be hesitant, and allow these feeling to worsen. You have to be there for your daughter 100%, therefore, you have to get the help you need 100%. Hope this helps! Good Luck!!!

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Be totally open and honest with your doc about how you are feeling- even things that you don't think are necessarily related like inability to focus or remember things. Hoepfully he or she will have some good suggestions for you. And don't be afraid to take the medication- it will make you feel better in a few weeks.



The label is scary, but that just comes from people that don't understand or know what it is like to have PPD.



Good luck and know that it does get better!

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Be totally open and honest with your doc about how you are feeling- even things that you don't think are necessarily related like inability to focus or remember things. Hoepfully he or she will have some good suggestions for you. And don't be afraid to take the medication- it will make you feel better in a few weeks.



The label is scary, but that just comes from people that don't understand or know what it is like to have PPD.



Good luck and know that it does get better!

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