post partum depression

--- - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




is it possible to develop post partum depression 1 year after the birth of a child? I have been feeling so blue lately and I am scared to get help because I don't want them to take my kids away or put me on a bunch of meds that will make me more tired than I am now.


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Missy - posted on 07/31/2009




Hi Christina, it is definitely possible! I went thru post partum depression with both of my children, even during the pregnancy. I don't think you will have to worry about someone taking your kids from you, you realize there's a problem, now we just need to find a way to fix it. I saw some of the posts below recommended exercise and vitamins, those are great ideas!!! But if your doctor does think a medicine will help you, don't feel like there is any shame in that. I had to take medicine and without it I would probably still be a crying mess. I took zoloft. I only had to take it for about 4 months and then I started feeling better and didn't need it anymore. My kids are now 6 and 4 and I feel pretty good, aside from the normal daily stresses of being a Mom. I wish you the best of luck and if you ever feel like you need to "talk" I will listen. I've been there!!!

Natalie - posted on 07/31/2009




Hi Christina,

Yes it is possible to develop it even if your child is older.

I had postnatal derpression with my oldest(she is now 18months) and it carried through to my youngest daughter(now 5months).

I didnt want to go on meds.So I have tried taking evening primrose oil,which helped a bit and have made a point as hard as it is some days to get out for even a five minute walk.

I dont live in the US but I know in NZ they cant take your child away unless you have shown that you are harming your child.

Do you have a partner?If you do would talking to him about how you are feeling help??

I also started taking iron and vitamin c tablets which helped with the tiredness and also try and squeeze in at least 30minutes of exercise which boosted my self esteem and gave me a bit more energy.

Just a thought hun.Oh and also my husband is always telling me to eat an apple if Im really tired as they have something in them which gives you energy.

Good luck with anything and if you ever want to chat or just vent or anything please feel free to put a post on my page.I totally know how you are feeling,you are not alone in this


Mel - posted on 07/31/2009




possible especially with a child with extra feeding difficulties. to be totally honest id be careful after all the shit ive had my FIL tells me to make sure i do not disclose any negative information about how i am feeling to a doctor. they spent ages trying to bring her into hospital just to watch me and my bonding rather then thinking about my daughter and trying to get me to go to counselling etc. I eventually had to make a report about some of the most respected doctors in WA but i then found out the reason they were doing it, and that was because the childrens hospital were threatening to take a protection order against us so she would be in the care of the hospital within 48 hours. everyone around said they were talking crap including one other doctor they said they need a dman good reason to take you child but we still complied and admitted her because of this and they did nothing but watch me for a week. if you are going to look for help go outside the doctors or hospital your child is involved in.

Stefanie - posted on 07/31/2009




Yes it is possible and they won't take your kids. Depending on the severity, you may not need meds either. They may recommend more exercise, Vit. supplements and changes in your diet first. Or at least a good Dr. would for mild depression. You can find more ideas here:

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