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"Just a quick note about these symptoms for PPD listed-alot of these symptoms can be thyroid related also. So make sure you let your doctor know that you also want your thyroid checked before they put you on meds to treat PPD." -- MISSDIANAR - 2/29/2012 8:50:52 AM
"Depression is a medical condition, not a personal weakness. People who suffer from depression should seek medical treatment, although many avoid it for various reasons. Without treatment, depression can last for weeks, months or even years. There are different types and different treatments that can help turn things around. Here is an article that might help with ideas for next steps: Types of Depression & Available Treatments." -- TANYA_BABYFIT - 2/21/2012 7:30:43 AM
"does anyone know how long baby blues/ppd is supposed to last because i've been feeling depressed for 2 years now since my son was born, i've been muddling through, i don't want to go to the doctors because i don't want the health visitor coming over, she might think i'm not fit to look after my son although my son is very happy and healthy. He gets fed, cuddled and bathed but i don't look after myself, i don't have time to wash my hair and don't eat properly, i'm tired all the time, any advice is welcome!" -- MOOMINJEWELL - 2/20/2012 4:40:32 PM
"although i already knew about ppd, it is comforting to see comments by other women here. Its so difficult to explain the saddness to anybody...even a spouse, especially when you can't explain to them where the saddness is stemming from...and it hurts so bad to feel that alone." -- JMN317 - 8/26/2011 8:40:03 PM
"If you are unsure if you have PPD, contact your medical provider for help." -- SAMANTHABABYFIT - 6/23/2011 1:50:14 PM
"My biggest problem after the initial crying, sadness and being overwhelmed was anxiety. It was crippling for me and I could not go anywhere because I was too anxious about whether my daughter was going to sleep or cry or need to breastfeed while we were out. And anxiety over her health- I was afraid to leave her in her crib and wanted someone to hold her constantly to make sure she was ok. I also dreaded nighttime because I didn't know if I was going to get any sleep and I felt very isolated at those 3am breastfeedings. I don't know if that falls into PPD or not- It seemed to last a long time, but I didn't really know what was wrong. I only knew that I felt really bad and was not enjoying this miracle of mine as much as I wanted to." -- HEATHER1299 - 6/22/2011 10:11:32 PM
"I wish I could rest. There is no such thing in my house. I am sick & tired, and most of it is at my co-parent (used to be husband) who will not be there for his three kids. I am sick of being a single (married) mother. This is horrible." -- LYRACH - 4/22/2011 8:52:38 AM
"Good checklist! This is my first baby and so I don't know how I'll react - however, I've had hormone-related depression before, so I'll definately be on the lookout!
One thing the article doesn't mention that others I've read do is that not feeling "bonded" with your newborn is fairly normal in the 2 weeks following the delivery, as well as the fear that you'll hurt them through neglect or ignorance. Especially for first time moms, this is a hard time and you're resposible for a new life in a way you probably never have been before and it may be nothing like what you expected or hoped it would be. But true PPD starts two weeks AFTER delivery, so normal "baby blues" can become PPD if you're STILL feeling disconnected, and if your worry about neglect transition into fears that you will actively harm your baby.
And even moms without PPD can feel overwelmed by a colicky or fussy baby, or if they're low on sleep. It's important to find someone to take over for you from time to time, or to put the crying baby down in their crib and walk away if you start to feel too frustrated to think straight." -- PEARLKITTY - 1/3/2011 9:51:41 AM
"Good test! I wish I looked at it EARLIER. " -- LUGGABLELOO - 12/11/2009 10:47:22 PM
"Truly agree with the mood swings part...i even before the delivery happen to feel depressed without any reason and stressed out ." -- VAGHMI - 10/19/2008 12:34:11 PM
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