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Back Pain and Postpartum Blue

Started by yuchin May 26, 2014. 0 Replies

just come across an article recently, just want to share it. The article pointed out that postpartum back pain can increase risk of obtaining postpartum blue…even though it is very logical to me, I…Continue

Women in big cities may have higher risk of postpartum depression

Started by liamegoodwin Aug 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Having a baby isn’t easy, otherwise everyone would do it and there would be ten kids per family. After 9 months of grueling back pain, frequent urination, sore stretch marks, and squished lungs, the…Continue

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Postpartum Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Started by babylexie8512. Last reply by MomMcG Oct 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Hey ladies,I'm 21 years old and a first time mom to a beautiful baby girl who is now 2 months, almost 3! (: For the past couple of weeks I have been getting horrible panic attacks and horrible terror…Continue

new mommy with PPD

Started by MommyNerdcore. Last reply by Dora Elia Sep 28, 2012. 1 Reply

H all I'm Becky. I'm 28 and just had my first daughter feb 20th. And I am suffering PPD .. Actully It started the 2nd day after my daughter was born. I have been diagnosted with Bi-polar in the past…Continue

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Comment by Robyn on April 16, 2014 at 6:19pm

I feared PPD before my daughter was even born. It was then, that I decided to encapsulate my placenta and turn it into vitamins. Now, I am a specialist that provides this service to other mommies!

Comment by DHessRN on December 26, 2013 at 3:11pm

hey xoxo.. my daughter was born dec 3  and I had a csection that got infected  2 weeks later.  I had sever ppd with my 3 yr old son. this time my partner is much more supportive and im handling this time better but im def still struggling to stay happy and positive again.  mostly bc I am pretty much on bedrest 6-8 wks until my huge wound heals.  im usually very buissy, like to keep house perfect, go to gym, get dolled up ect..  I feel useless, bored, and afraid ill have massive ugly scar tissue. I feel lonely. I feel guilty my acive toddler has to go to my moms all day bc I cant keep up with him.  I feel sad my hubby works, cooks, cleans, pick up n drop off son and wake up all night to get me the baby, diapers n bottles I want to help.........

Comment by Mommyto3lildragons on April 17, 2013 at 3:11am
Hi my name is Shannon mom of 3 and struggling still with severe ppd. and anxiety attacks. My son was born july 24 Th. 2012. He will be 9 months on april 24 Th.. i have two older kids both girls ages 13 and almost 12. I never had this with my girls so its new and very hard. I struggle day to day and am on 3 diff meds but nothing has helped. I have tried 4 anti depression meds so far 2 anti anxiety meds and 5 sleep meds for severe insomnia because of the depression. The only thing that has worked is the anxiety med which is Ativan. No sleep meds or anti depressants have worked so far and I'm at a point where i don't want to go on any more and my counselor and psychiatrist don't really know what else to do but keep trying new meds. Im not sure if any of you are still suffering long after your baby was born but if so i would like to ask for your advice on what has worked or not for you and if theres anything else i can do that i haven't already done. Thanks.
Comment by babylexie8512 on October 26, 2012 at 5:23pm

Hey ladies,

I'm 21 years old and a first time mom to a beautiful baby girl who is now 2 months, almost 3! (: For the past couple of weeks I have been getting horrible panic attacks and horrible terror of dying and bad things happening to my daughter. I feel like jumping out of my skin and running. I feel like a horrible mom because I'm not enjoying my baby girl and I'm so fixated on this. I was raised in a Christian home and I was taught there is no fear in dying and I believe it with all my heart. But for some reason I cannot contain these panic attacks. I am making an appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow. I don't really want to take meds but I can keep giving my daughter this half-focused mommy. I look forward to getting help and putting this anxiety behind. It feels so good to talk to you ladies and I would love advice and possible share your story about how you have dealt with this. I know this is a PPD group but my PPA doesn't exactly have a group and this is as close as I could get.

Thank you,

Marlene

Comment by Monica Howard on October 25, 2012 at 10:11pm
I am soo happy that I found this.group!!! I had my daughter 4 months ago and I have post pardom anxiety badly and my ob put me on zoloft and it really.has helped alot I can finally fully be there for.my daughter and im not a real big fan of taking medication but I felt like i wasnt able to fully enjoy her and be there for her completely bc i was soo worried all the time but the zoloft.really has helped!!!
Comment by Shelly M on October 2, 2012 at 8:54am

I also had to schedule an emergency therapist appt because I didn't not have one on the calendar.  Because I didn't have one on the calendar, I have to wait 2 weeks to see her.  If you have tried it is hard to get an emergency appt. with psychiatrist (to get on the right med) and therapist (to talk about what is wrong).  When I didn't know that I had to go to the ER and mental ward to get on a different med.  Now I know better and I make sure I have regular visits with the 2. Sometimes I get "busy", like this summer, and forget to make appts and find out after the fact that I should have visited with the therapist because of a major life change (like my little 6 yr old going to school without me :)  I do have a friend whose MIL is working with hormone therapy with PPD.  I think they give moms Progesterone because after having a baby you have severe drops of it and the hormone helps you relax or cope.  I have yet to investigate but I am continuing to look into it along with my "dream" of having a PPD complex for families.  I am sorry for the long email but I don't want anyone to have to go through what I went through and learn the hard way.  With my anxiety I get severe nerve symptoms like...I am not hungry and if I do eat the food goes right through my body and comes out fast.  My feet get sensitive I have little anxiety attacks with sweating, I can't sleep and my mind has constantly thinking negative thoughts.  I need to get my 6 yr old off to school so let me know if you have any questions for me. I pray that you all are being put in the right direction!

Comment by Shelly M on October 2, 2012 at 8:08am

I have had to build a support group of friends, stay at home moms, church, midwife, family dr, pediatric dr, an important therapist, and most important GOD so that I don't let myself slip again. We do not have family in the Twin Cities, MN so I had to build my own and make sure I get out on dates with my husband, and most important....take care of myself because moms (and I have always been a stay at home mom) and women usually sacrafice themselves for others and their families and then you lose yourself or you lose everything about yourself except that you are a mother and care giver that serves others.  My parents always thought the solution would be if I went to work instead of stay home with my kids but I wanted to be at home with them...It was my dream since I was little, when to college for "glorified Home Ec/Family Social Science at the U of MN, and met my wonderful husband that is able to support a stay at home mom.  It is important to get out of the house as a woman and not a mom or wife.  So, it is a balance and I do have to continue to stay on some anti-depressant.  Because my preganancies were always wonderful I woujld get off my anti-depressants because I would feel fine, sometimes I would stop seeing my therapist because when I went I didn't cry anymore or I just would forget to make appts but that was a mistake.  We have chosen to not have me birth children anymore even though we wanted at least one more.  We have planned to adopt through foster care if we want another or more.  I want to encourange those of you that are struggling and don't want to get on meds to at least find a therapist (and I know it is money but it is better than getting a bill from the hospital for being in the mental ward for 2 weeks and possibly for shock therapy).  When I was in the middle of it and anxious I didn't like spending money....I didn't even like making food for my kids/family or eating because my mind was telling me to hourd the food.  Your mind does weird things when it isn't balanced.  My sister in law is getting her PHD in Madison in Bio physics. SHe has worked with medications in the lab.  When I shared with her some of what I went through she said that mental health is very complicated...Dr's are only trying to help and don't know how a medication with effect a person because everyone's brains and neural pathways are different.  I believe this because the 3 times I went off meds and got on the same med when I felt bad again the medication would not work (and it had worked 1-2 yrs before).  My brain and body chemistry had changed and I had to try other meds.  This is part of the reason why I landed in the psych ward.  It doesn't happen to everyone.  My sister has always been on the same med but she has only had one child 13 years ago.  A person's body changes after children and it can become very complicated.  I don't want to scare you.  I have been able to stay stable (but had a few little anxiety moments between my female cycles) by continuing to go to my therapist, visiting my pshyciatrist at least every 6 months to check in, and staying on my anti-depressants.  God also works wonders because I have also found with myself, and with my mom, that if we are getting anxious it is because we are trying to run away from something and push our negative feelings back into the back of our mind.  My therapist said that a person needs to experience your emotions when you have them.  Whem my MIL died I just tried to stay positive and strong becuase I knew she was in a better place of Heaven and not suffering anymore but I needed to cry when I missed her and I wasn't.  So now when I do miss her I go in my room and shed tears or bawl.  When I feal anxious, like 2 weeks ago after my oldest went to Kindergarten, I had to sit and talk to God about why I was feeling sad, bored and anxious. 

Comment by Shelly M on October 2, 2012 at 7:49am

Hello Everyone, I am sorry to hear those of you that are struggling now with PPD and/or anxiety.  I have 3 children...age 6,4, and 2. They are all 22 months apart.  I am a post sufferer from PPD and anxiety.  I want to give you a light at the end of the tunnel and tell you that it does get better!  I personally believe that hormones have a lot to do with why some people have anxiety/depression as women or mothers.  I was shy as a child but then became confident in my later teen years.  I was sad when I moved to college but I thought that was normal because I needed to develop friends.  I got anxious, that led to insomnia, to severe depression at 24 when I got off of birth control pills (that I was only on 2 years).  It took my body 6 months to get back to normal after getting of the pill and getting a period.  My body just could not get back to normal.  During that time I worked and I had a supportive husband.  I didn't know what was happening so I went to my family practician Dr and she put me on Prozac and gave me sleeping pills.  The Prozac didn't help me.  One thing I have learned is some meds do not help some people and that is why they always warn you with side effects to let the Dr know if you get worse/suicidal.  I would never recommend getting on a anti-depressant or anything when you are experiencing anxiety/depression unless it is from a recommended psychologist (someone that specializes in mental health).  I have found out that certain anti-depressants are better for manic depressed people, others are better for depressed people with anxiety.  The psychiatrist know more than a family Dr.  My mom, sister, and brother have suffered from anxiety/depression and my dad suffers from insomnia.  I have 2 brothers that don't but one of them had an episode of anxiety after he had complications from a surgury but is usually fine.  PPD and mental health is very complicated.  I know that it is $$ but I recommend that if you are feeling more than the "baby blues" that you meet with you OB-GYN or midwife and chat and then see a pshyciatrist and therapist.  In the last 7 years I have suffered from 2 severe episodes that put me in the mental ward because I was psychotic from insomnia.  The first time I was 24 and had no kids and spent one night in the mental ward.  The second time was after my 2nd child in 2008 when I was 26.  I spent 2-3 weeks in the mental ward and got out  after having ECT (Shock therapy).  I was severely depressed that second time because I had a 3 month old and I had most my mother-in-law/a best friend to pancreatic Cancer 5 nomths before and I had not grieved right.  I had another episodes after my 3rd child but was able to not go in the hospital because I had family/friends that helped me take care of my kids while I was a "zombie" on anxiety pills while I waited for the antidepressants to work.  I am like some of you...I don't like being on medication.  My pregnacies were all amazing and my births/labors only lasted 3 hours in all with no meds but the post partum was always a challenge.  Each time I thought...OK I have had that struggle now, I know better and God, I don't need that trial again.  I know that I continue to have to stay in check with my husband, parents, therapist, and psyciatrist.  I don't like it and wish it would be different but I know that I went through this trial so I can help others.  My "God dream" is to own a complex for women that have PPD/anxiety/insomnia so that they and their families have another option than going into the mental ward and being "zombified" by being put on multiply meds (anti-anxiety, multiple anti-depressants, sleep pills, muscle relaxers) because Dr's only know to perscribe meds. 

Comment by Jessica on January 18, 2012 at 11:24am

Rosa, take any help you can.  They are professionals and have seen this before.  I understand about taking meds, but it saved my life!  You have to remember during this roller coaster you didn't ask to be on...that it won't last forever and the meds are temporary.  I know that it seems it will last forever, but it won't.  Over the next few months, you'll slowly start feeling like your old self and be able to wean down from the meds.  good luck!!!!!

Comment by Rosa Zeneyda Diaz on January 17, 2012 at 5:43pm

my doctor kept a very sharp look out for ppd because of how i got pregnant and all the drama i was going thru during the pregnancy... during each ob visit the social worker would come in to talk to me and i would burst out in tears each and every time. after i gave birth a psychologist came to see me and tried putting me on anxiety pills. but i refused them thinking that i could cope fine without them, i went to a follow up appointment and got diagnosed not with just PPD but with severe anxiety and PTSD!! like i didn't have enough on my plate already! today i went to my post partum appt and once again was visited by the social worker and wouldn't u know it once again burst into tears.. its been soo hard to deal with this, and i don't wanna seem crazy or like i'm a bad mother or anything, i don't have anyone to talk to.. not a good support system and i don't have any friends cuz i just moved here. so i'm just taking it day by day and i think i am gonna request to be put on the anxiety pills.

 

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