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Postpartum Depression... Let's talk about it!

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Kris posted this 24 August 2018

Ok Mamas... Let's talk about it. I am a strong advocate for mental health disorders and being open and honest. What are your struggles? Did you suffer from postpartum depression? What did you do? How can we help other moms understand that this is NORMAL and OK to talk about?

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Anna posted this 06 July 2019

I never got diagnosed, but looking back, I am pretty sure I struggled with PPD from the time my first was 4 months old until she was over a year old. I never had suicidal or self harm thoughts, so I just brushed it off as exhaustion (she woke up at least 2-3 times every night, often 4-5 times, until she was 11 months old). But there were days when I CRIED because I had to get out of bed... constantly exhausted...washing the dishes felt like an insurmountable task ... the only things I could make myself do was take care of my baby, and hardly anything past that. Some days taking a shower was too much to contemplate. I had very little support at this time, AND I lived in a basement apartment (come to find out, I'm very sensitive mood-wise to not getting enough sunshine), and I had a lot of family issues happening on my side at the time. It was not pretty! I wish I had been more self aware, given myself more grace, and asked for more help. We DO need to talk about it! Depression isn't always the deepest, darkest place you can go...it can be when you feel like you're not functioning normally and it's been going on for a while and feels like it will last forever... I wish I had talked with a counselor sooner and done a Mother's Day Out program earlier. 

Cynthia posted this 29 June 2019

I've read so much about it. Def want to be prepared for if it comes. I am trying to conceive at the moment. 

Harley posted this 07 March 2019

I can't even put into words the loneliness I feel. The pills don't help, the talking doesn't help... I don't know what else to turn to and I can't get out of this hole I'm in..

Debra posted this 20 November 2018

I suffered really bad after my first baby and never saw it coming. It was the most horrible feeling I have probably felt. Not long into it my doctor placed me on Celexa and within 2 weeks I felt like myself again. 

Trisha posted this 19 November 2018

I love this topic Kris. Exercise cured my mothers postpartum Depression and I plan to follow in her footsteps if this occurs with me. As someone who has an underachieve thyroid an estrogen is unbalanced I feel like this will either heavily impact me or minimally impact me. I  think in any case of depression you need to do little things everyday to feel better about yourself and your life, especially after becoming a mother. I'm sure there are therapeutic hormones out there to help with PPD. I love that this is a support group for all the women that have it, Support each other ladies! 

katilyn posted this 18 November 2018

I ended up with it after my baby boy was born. I felt like I was just mommy and not me anymore. I wanted only my child and had seperation anxiety. I was scared and depressed for a few months. Thankfully it went away quick. My family is my world.

Ana posted this 18 November 2018

I went through this a bit with my first, it wasn't to a very bad extent but it was very dark at times. The feelings were so overwhelming. I had decided to talk to someone early on as I suffer from a bit of depression on a regular basis and I feel this is why I was able to cope with and overcome the sad and dark feelings. It's not an easy thing. Wishing you lots of support and success and prayers in this matter. 

Lou posted this 17 November 2018

When I walked into my OB's office just crying for no reason, she absolutely told me I had it and boy she was right! I just didn't feel like myself and was very tearful and "blue". It's definitely hard and wishing everyone out there who is struggling right now some ease and happiness for those PP Blues.

Emerald posted this 16 November 2018

Yes, enough light is not shed upon this topic. It is very important to seek support.

Boonsri posted this 16 November 2018

I felt a little bit of it a while back. I am hoping i don't have to go through it again.

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Toun posted this 15 November 2018

Everyday life is so challenging most times...having a demanding baby can add up to the challenge. I feel like i will be looked down on if I admit that am going through PPD.

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Tiara posted this 15 November 2018

I have a dear friend who went through post partum. She always had suffered from depression and anxiety and due to being pregnant was off her usual medication. Baby came, she was ok for about a month and then started exhibiting symptoms. Didn't feel as drawn to the baby. Everyone around her had noticed but she was in denial about it. That was about 2 years ago. It was only looking back that now she can say she was definitely in post partum and feels guilty about not being as hands on with the baby at the time. It's very sad and hard thing to deal with, so it's always nice to have a great support system to help momma and baby and kind of see the signs if they are there.

April posted this 14 November 2018

My OB kept claiming I had "baby blues." Several years later and I found out I have depression and I am pretty sure what was PPD that she brushed off with some anxiety meds. I am so glad that I finally sought out a therapist last year and got to the bottom of the problem. I think it was already a pre-existing issue I had before I had my kids but it seems like it got worse after I had them.

Jessica posted this 14 November 2018

It takes a village to raise a child! I agree with all here in saying reach out and get support. You owe it to yourself and your baby!

Rhonda posted this 26 October 2018

I had it myself and it can be normal but i agree with making your doctor aware so together you can decide when it becomes an issue. I had it and didn't realize what it was,i thought i was just tired.

Britt posted this 20 October 2018

I've been thinking of seeing a therapist. I'm going through a rough time and found these forums. Which have been helping me out. Being able to talk about my problems on here has been releasing for me. But I think I am going to take the step in seeing a therapist for more help. 

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Karen posted this 19 October 2018

I suffered with PPD with my first. I didn't seek help until my son was a year and a half. It was tough and like another previous post it didn't help that my significant other and I weren't on the same page. I didn't want to go the route with meds so I saw my therapist every week and it was a lot of bawling my eyes out lol and eventually dealing with breaking up as well. It's been a long tough journey. But seeking help from a therapist/support groups was something that continues to help me. 

Kate posted this 19 October 2018

This is something I worry about. There's no history of PPD with me or my family, but I worry about it being a problem because I am currently being treated for anxiety and depression. Since we're being open, I've discussed it with my therapist. She suggested that I increase my appointments during pregnancy and discuss medications that are safe to take during pregnancy to hopefully keep PPD at bay or decrease the severity. I'm also trying to do a lot of meditating and yoga to keep my cool. 

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Lana posted this 19 October 2018

After a traumatizing c-section, I fell on PPD, it was awful for me. I couldn't concentrate was nervous and crying most of the day. It was hard on my older child and baby and my husband. I seek help quickly and that turned my family around 360, I would say don't think twice find help asap your family deserves it and so do you. 

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Tatiana posted this 19 October 2018

Yes!  I completely agree! Join your local new mom's groups. You can search for groups near you on google or meetup.com. La Leche League local groups too can be life-saving networks especially if it's your first time breastfeeding.

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