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For people who have been diagnosed with PPD Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12

Hi, I had my son 3 months ago and I think I might have PPD but not sure. I wanted to hear what everyone deals with and their points of views before I talk to a doctor. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety years and years ago after my dad died in high school. They tried a few different kinds of medication which either made things worse or didn't help at all so I just decided to work out my own issues myself instead of constantly going through medications. I'm doing okay but I've definitely had depression off/on more since my pregnancy (didn't help being all emotional and sensitive lol). So yeah, just wanted to see if I could relate to anyone and maybe see what I could do about it, if I HAVE to be on medication or if there are others ways about it. Thanks so much! :)

user banned United Kingdom 1629 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kelly+Brandon=Blake:" Hi, I had my son 3 months ago and I think I might have PPD but not sure. I wanted to hear what everyone ... [snip!] ... and maybe see what I could do about it, if I HAVE to be on medication or if there are others ways about it. Thanks so much! :)"


I was told PPD feels a lot like 'regular' depression. It has for me, anyway. I've gone back on sertraline and I'm on a waiting list for CBT.

whack a mole crazy Due January 23 (boy); Nebraska 2651 posts
26th Nov '12

All i know is that i can not function is society if i am not taking my medication. It took me mannnny many years to find the meds that worked for me. I am now pregnant and still taking my medication because i am to unstable without it.

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
26th Nov '12

I cried ALL.THE.TIME. I was never treated for it though. I didn't realize what was happening..

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10902 posts
26th Nov '12

I tried fighting off PPD on my own, with no success. My doctor put me on Celexa, and it works great! And I don't have the "zombie effect" like you get with Zoloft.

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting נєz:" I was told PPD feels a lot like 'regular' depression. It has for me, anyway. I've gone back on sertraline and I'm on a waiting list for CBT."


I'm gonna have to look those up. If you don't mind me asking, how does it affect you? And I don't get the difference between PPD and "regular depression". Sorry lots of questions lol

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting whack a mole crazy:" All i know is that i can not function is society if i am not taking my medication. It took me mannnny ... [snip!] ... to find the meds that worked for me. I am now pregnant and still taking my medication because i am to unstable without it."


I'm so sorry to hear that :/ what kind of medication are you on? And what's the difference between you being on the meds compared to being off of them. I mean I know everyone's different but I'm just trying to see if what I'm going through can relate to other people.

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting NevviesMom:" I cried ALL.THE.TIME. I was never treated for it though. I didn't realize what was happening.."


So that is a sign? I cried most of my pregnancy and still do but not as bad, sometimes for no reason but usually because everything was hurting my feelings (mainly SO) lol

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting loser mom:" I tried fighting off PPD on my own, with no success. My doctor put me on Celexa, and it works great! And I don't have the "zombie effect" like you get with Zoloft. "


I'm sorry, what did you go through with PPD?

user banned United Kingdom 1629 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kelly+Brandon=Blake:" I'm gonna have to look those up. If you don't mind me asking, how does it affect you? And I don't get the difference between PPD and "regular depression". Sorry lots of questions lol"


They just make me okay. Like, I still have good days and bad days, I'm not a zombie, but I don't have the super low moods so much. I had a lot of 'everyone would be better off without me, my baby deserves better than me' kind of thoughts that I don't get so much now. But I am still able to be happy when I play with my little girl and she's smiling at me.
But yeah, I don't think there's too much difference between 'regular depression' and PPD other than the causes and some of the thoughts I suppose.

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10902 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kelly+Brandon=Blake:" I'm sorry, what did you go through with PPD?"


I was either crying, or pissed off, over EVERYTHING! Sometimes I felt like running away. I just knew I wasn't right in the head, if that makes sense.

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting נєz:" They just make me okay. Like, I still have good days and bad days, I'm not a zombie, but I don't have ... [snip!] ... there's too much difference between 'regular depression' and PPD other than the causes and some of the thoughts I suppose."


I've had those thoughts but never around my baby. I had a very, very down day last week where I can into work for 3 hours and had to go home because I couldn't shake my mood. I woke up like that and it just got worse and worse until I went home, chilled and took a nap then I was fine. Very weird. Maybe I'm more bipolar because my moods are so up and down it's frustrating to me and SO. Or maybe bipolar with depression. I'm not looking to be diagnosed here, I just wanted to talk about things before I go see a doctor, ya know?

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting loser mom:" I was either crying, or pissed off, over EVERYTHING! Sometimes I felt like running away. I just knew I wasn't right in the head, if that makes sense. "


That's exactly how I've been feeling, very on/off! Then I feel like shit, like why am I feeling this way. I can say that anything that's bugging me, whether being angry or sad, I can hold my baby or play with him and I'm temporarily happy. He makes it all go away for that moment. Corny, but it's the craziest thing. SO can sometimes but my baby boy definitely brightens my day with just a smile. It's crazy, usually my moods stick for a while. lol

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10902 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kelly+Brandon=Blake:" That's exactly how I've been feeling, very on/off! Then I feel like shit, like why am I feeling this ... [snip!] ... sometimes but my baby boy definitely brightens my day with just a smile. It's crazy, usually my moods stick for a while. lol"


It you're not opposed to taking medicine, it might be worthwhile. Try Celexa! :) It took a couple weeks for I noticed a difference. Things didn't irritate anymore, and I wasn't crying over seeing a dead cat in the road.



And you don't have to take it forever! I only took it for 4 or 5 months, then weened myself off. I feel like I'm okay now.

Kelly+Brandon=Blake 1 child; Maryland 1260 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting loser mom:" It you're not opposed to taking medicine, it might be worthwhile. Try Celexa! :) It took a couple weeks ... [snip!] ... And you don't have to take it forever! I only took it for 4 or 5 months, then weened myself off. I feel like I'm okay now."


How long have you been off of it? And did they test you to diagnose what exactly you had?