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User - posted on 11/03/2008 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Most moms I hear of having PPD starts when the baby is first born. Can PPD happen late and last years??? My experience started when my baby was 5 mths.......she's now 3 and I still get symptoms like I had when she was little. It was so bad I decided to never have any more. I couldn't go through that again. Has anyone heard of Post Partum Mood Disorder??

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User - posted on 11/12/2012

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My son is just over a year old and I have been noticed ive been feeling depressed and having mood swings. It took me a long time or trying to beg him and I love him but there's days I don't even wanna come home could this be ppd or something else considering its happening so late.I no I'm a great mom and give him all I can but I also no my moods are affecting the way I am with him. Does anyone have any suggestion on what I could do is this normal

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Katrina Rose - posted on 01/01/2013

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My baby is now a year old. I was diagnosed to have PPD when my baby is about 3 weeks. Thanks to the Lord that I have overcome it. My baby is now a year old but a few days ago, i felt so low again. I feel hopeless again and I am trying to avoid taking care of my baby because I can't make her stop. She wants me to carry her all day all night. She got tantrums whenever she lose sight of me. Its gonna be a year that I was taking Paroxetine. I started from 1 and 1/4 dose and now I am down to 1/4. I don't know when should I come off..

Whenever I feel so down, I cry it out to the Lord and I promise.. it really works!!!

Nyssa - posted on 08/25/2009

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It can happen late. I've heard of some moms suffering from PPD up until the baby is in kindergarten. Not to be nosey, but did you breastfeed? Because once you wean it can cause upheaval all over again.

I have heard of PPMD. I think it's more common than most people know, because it often goes undiagnosed.

I can really relate to not wanting to have anymore children because of the PPD I suffered after the birth of my son. When I got pregnant again (3 years later, when it wasn't fresh in my mind), I was VERY scared. I had prenatal depression. But my ob/gyn was very helpful, and I got through it. This experience has been completely different. And once you've been through PPD once, you know what to look for! And what to tell others to look for.

Not to say the second tine wasn't completely problem free. I think right now, I may be suffering from some milk to moderate PPD, but nothing like before.

Good luck, honey. You're not alone.

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I had my PPD start up before I was out of the hospital. I had depression before I got pregnant though. I sought councilling for my PPD and my doctor adjusted my meds as my moods went up and down.



I can say there is a real difference between the PPD and "regular" depression. This is what I noticed:

-PPD you feel worthless, you cannot do anything right mostly in regards to your child. Regular depression you still feel worthless but over a far greater variety of things.



-When I was depressed I only thought about killing myself. The world would be better off without me. With PPD I had thoughts of killing my entire household. Just setting the house on fire while everyone was sleeping so the world wouldn't hurt anyone anymore and I wouldn't fail anybody else.



-PPD I was scared out of my mind about being left alone with my child. I didn't know how to cope, he scared the jebus out of me. I took him crying very personally like it was an attack on me.With just depression (unfortuneatly it runs in my family and is baaAAAcccK now and then) I do get frusterated not knowing how to get my Son to behave or be happy but I'm able to step back and realize it's just a tantrum, or he's overtired and not take it as personally. Sure I feel like sheot not being able to fix it, but I don't blame him.



-PPD scared to have anything to do with other parents or children because of how bad it made me feel. Depression, I've never been that social but I am trying to get my Son out and about to different groups ect.



PPD was a very harsh sudden and always present thing. Depression is always there, but creeps into my thoughts without me realizing it. PPD it's constantly thinking about how bad of a Mommy, Husband, Daughter, ect I was. Depression is slowly chipping myself down until I'm at that thought level.



I don't know if any of that makes sense. It's really hard to put into words. I know I have overwhelming days with my Son now, but it isn't nearly as bad as when I had PPD. If I have a bad day now sure I may run myself down but I don't think I've failed and there won't be a tommorow.



Yeah...I'm going to stop there because as I said I dont know if I'm making any sense : /

Marcie - posted on 02/13/2009

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Hi Carolyn,



I am a PPD/OCD survivor and a Coorindator for Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net)  A Perinatal or Postpartum Mood Disorder is a blanket term that covers postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and also covers these issues in a pregnant mother.



 



As far as having PPD after the baby is a year, it's definatetely possible but most likely at three years it's probably a general depression that stemmed from untreated or mistreated PPD.  By three years, most of the factors that would make your depression classified as postparum would have disappeared...the hormone changes, the baby not sleeping, worrying excessively about the baby, etc.  That being said, if you are depressed no matter what the reason you should seek help.



 



(((hugs)))



 



 

Heather - posted on 01/31/2009

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With my first one I didn't have any symptoms until she was 10months old and then I weaned her. Then I started Zoloft. I used that all through my second pregnancy and then had to start on Citalopram after he was born, because my body reacted differently. Now he is 9 months old and I am finally starting to feel normal again and I'm started to ween off of Citalopram. It's been almost 3 years and I'm just barely started to have good days. Hang in there. You will feel normal again. Keep trying to think positive thoughts about yourself, exercise, and try to let things go. I hope this helps.:)

Jan - posted on 01/18/2009

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I first noticed majors signs when my baby was 6 months and they said that it can start until your child is 2 years old!  I didn't realize that one.  I've thought the same thing about not having another child, but I'm going to give it a little more time.  Brandon is now 1. 

Lindsey - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hey Carolyn! I wasn't diagnosed with ppd until my son was a year old. I definately had it before that, but I thought it would go away. It was mostly anxiety! After the anxiety slowed way down, I started to notice something was not right with me. You said that it fluctuates every 3-4 wks. Have you noticed it being worse at the same time each month during your cycle? A week or two before my period I feel the depression, and I get SOOO irratable. My poor husband!! :( I'm not a fan of meds either. I am seeing a Dr. of natural medicine. I am taking St. Johns Wort and fish oil. I felt better almost immediately, and for months! But now I am having a relapse. I had no idea ppd was this common until this site.

Fallon - posted on 01/17/2009

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This is to Jennifer Forseth, I would like to thank you for the analogy. It really helped me to understand this more. I have just been diagnosed with PPD just a week ago. My daughter is 10 months old, and I also have a son who is 2.  I had help figuring that I had this thanx to my husband and my mother. I started to really go down hill and started drinking to hide the fact I had a problem, whitch in turns almost caused another one. I've been on meds now for a few days and am already feeling better. I have learned that there are alot of women out there and there is NO SHAME in taking these meds. I first felt very nevous and ashamed to be on medication but now I'm glad I decided to go ahead with it. Good luck to everyone!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2009

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I've had PPD since my son was about 4 months old and waited another 4 months to do anything about it.  I was given an anti-depressant for a 3-month prescription and was feeling good so I only took it for 2 months and then stopped.  When my symptoms came back I took the third refill and now have been off the pills for about a month and all my symptoms are back just as bad as ever.  This has stretched out for almost a year now and I'm still in the same place as I was in the beginning so I decided to research this some more.  I am a very highly-functioning person normally, being a volunteer firefighter and stay at home mom doing my own home renos so it's near impossible for me to admit that I'm the one needing help most times.  I'm going back into the doctor again next week so that I can finally straighten myself out.  I learned today while researching that the anti-depressant won't just "fix" the depression like I thought it would.... it actually just holds the symptoms at bay until your body can correct itself.  It's like taking cold medication when you have a cold; it doesn't cure the cold but it holds your symptoms at bay until your body can heal.  This analogy is really helping me to deal with this right now and hopefully it helps somebody else.

Natalie - posted on 12/26/2008

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im glad you brought this up because i feel the same, my moods are all over the place and this is after ive had two, believe i had it with the second as well but just strugged it off and pretended i didnt, i have to boys 5 and 3 that dont stop and i have good days with them and days were im so detached or angry or just really tearful, i believe it does stem from pdd i just want to no how to stop it, because its very hard to handle and days i feel like such an awful mum, so i no what your going through and its hard. glad i could be honest with someone who maybe able to relate. nat x

Coleen - posted on 12/14/2008

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I was diagnosed with ppd after my 4 yr old was born. I still have depression and I now have a 4 month old. Three kids and a husband who works shiftwork can be rough. Don't give up on more children just because of the depression. If you do that, it wins. I am so much better after this baby than I was last time. Find a good doctor who will listen to you and not just push meds to get you out of the office and you can get on top of it. Remember, depression is a disease that can be controlled, but it does take work. Unfortunately, one of the symptoms is that you don't want to try...

Rachell - posted on 11/14/2008

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Carolyn,

I have also been struggling with my PPD. I just went into the doctor this week for what I felt was genuine reason of being sick and having nausea for 5 days and they dismissed most of my symptoms as being depression related and my medication was upped. I am currently on Prozac and although it does help me to function, I still wonder if the diagnosis of PPD is now going to make my doctor just pawn off my every concern of illness as a physical symptom of depression. it is frustrating. I still have the nausea and the sleeplessness, but at least I'm more bearable during the day.

User - posted on 11/13/2008

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I was on meds when my daughter was 6 mths. After taking them for 5 mths I began feeling dizzy, so I went off. (I am not a fan of being medicated) Now it seems that doctors dont listen to me! Because I am (on the outside) functioning normal......I am a very hard person to read. Now my depressed mood fluctuates every 3-4 weeks. I am still, when things are tough, wondering why I ever bothered starting over with kids.

Rachell - posted on 11/09/2008

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In response to Jan's posting. In my current profession working with individuals on cash assistance, I am supposed to be a link to help identify if someone may have PPD and set them up with a public health nurse for a screening. I was fortunate enough to be able to apply my knowledge inward and recognize that something just was not right with me. I am typically a very social person, but I realized that something was wrong withi me when I would go into work at 7am so that I did not have to deal with as many people and then I would keep my door shut all day. I began to isolate and everything I did felt like such a task, instead of a joyful activity such as giving my daughter a bath. I sought help as well and am now on Prozac. It had been helping for quite a while, but as the seasons have changed and my husband has been very busy and very tired and I have received no help, as well as increased stress at work, I have been feeling as though my PPD is starting to get worse. I have a med recheck coming up this month.



I too absolutely encourage people to speak with their doctor, trusted friend, or public health nurse if you are lucky enough to have ones in your area. Our public health nurse was just 2 doors down the hall from me and when I e-mailed her asking about resources on PPD, she came right down and brought in an entire folder full as well as a helpful screening that I continue to take in order to gage if I am getting worse or feeling better. Most definitely, get help and continue to talk and hopefully utilize this circle as a place to share and feel supported.

Jan - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hey girls! There is help!!! Don't sit silent. I am now on a small dose of medicine for PPD and it is just enough to help get me going. I also started counciling at a church here, which has been the best help in the world. It's amazing how much she has helped me. Please find help. Thankfully my husband was kind enough to call for me, but you have to. Go to the doctor. After a few weeks of taking the meds, you will realize you needed it. I didn't get help until he was 8 months old, but looking back I needed it much earlier. The symptoms only got worse for me so take care of it as soon as you can. I hope this helps. You needs LOTS of support to get through it and talk, talk, talk about it.

Cortnee - posted on 11/06/2008

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I had PPD after the c- section birth of my second child and am starting to feel the effects after the June 2008 birth of #3. The first time I wasn't diagnosed until my daughter was 9 mos old. The doctor was very concerned for me because I had let it get so far out of control. He put me on a very low dose of Zoloft to get me started and met back with me about 1 month later to see if it worked. In the mean time I went to a group of PPD moms and had someone to talk to. The zoloft had to be upped 1 time but did the trick. I was on it for 1 1/2 years. PLease go to the DR if you are still having the effects, the only thing they can say is no....

Rachell - posted on 11/05/2008

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I have not heard of Post Partum Mood Disorder. However, I do have a friend whose youngest child is over 1 year old and she had post partum depression after I think her first (who is now about 6 or so years old) and she continues to suffer from post partum depression. For me, my PPD actually started (or at least I realized that I had it) when my daughter was about 4 months old. My doctor said that PPD can start anywhere within the first year after the child is born. Have you sought medical help for your PPD? I know that mine is getting worse, but I am afraid to go in for more help for fear that I will get overmedicated or that perhaps some other factors are causing my worsening depression.

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