Is it possible to have postpartum depression - AuthenticForum
 
AuthenticForum
  Register FAQ Members List Arcade Search Chat Mark Forums Read  
Register

 
 

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 12:08 AM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
Is it possible to have postpartum depression

Well, I have been feeling very low lately there are a lot of things going on and I know I need help. I do feel that I have low grade depression but someone mention that it could be postpartum. Is it possible, my baby is almost 16 months old?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 12:25 AM
lmspag's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 2,995
Feedback: (8)
I believe clinically it is only diagnosed as postpartum depression up until the baby is a year old and then it's no longer considered postpartum.
__________________
Lynne
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 09:21 AM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmspag View Post
I believe clinically it is only diagnosed as postpartum depression up until the baby is a year old and then it's no longer considered postpartum.
yes this is true. however, there may be other hormonal fluctuations that simulate PPD.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 07:29 PM
Luca's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,060
Feedback: (12)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmspag View Post
I believe clinically it is only diagnosed as postpartum depression up until the baby is a year old and then it's no longer considered postpartum.
I don't know what the clinical term is, but I had PPD until I stopped breastfeeding - i.e. 2 years. It was obviously hormonal.
__________________
~Roxana~
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 08:03 PM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
I'm still nursing and can not take anything until I stop. I will think about weaning soon. She is so busy during the day that our lovely quiet time is when she nurses at nap time and bed time. I will miss it when she stops nursing.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 08:37 PM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luca View Post
I don't know what the clinical term is, but I had PPD until I stopped breastfeeding - i.e. 2 years. It was obviously hormonal.
you can HAVE PPD until 2+ years post-delivery, but clinically it's something else if it starts AFTER 2 years post-delivery. sometimes breastfeeding hormones can prolong PPD, so maybe you'll feel a bit better after you wean.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 08:51 PM
lmspag's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 2,995
Feedback: (8)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luca View Post
I don't know what the clinical term is, but I had PPD until I stopped breastfeeding - i.e. 2 years. It was obviously hormonal.
Found this on mayoclinic which is a very trustworthy site

Untreated postpartum depression can last up to a year or longer. Sometimes untreated postpartum depression becomes a chronic depressive disorder. Even when treated, postpartum depression increases a woman's risk of future episodes of major depression

I work as a nurse extern on the labor and delivery floor and I was told by a doctor that if it is past the one year birthday of the child they do not determine it to be postpartum depression anymore. If in fact the OP did have postpartum depression and was never treated then maybe now she is chronically depressed but clinically the doctor would not term it to be postpartum in her case . Clinically meaning she would NOT be diagnosed with postpartum depression.
__________________
Lynne
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 08:54 PM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
Well, thanks everyone. I will try to manage this without meds for now and see if i feel different/better after I wean. If not I will start on meds

Last edited by msjeanie; 06-27-2010 at 08:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 09:03 PM
lmspag's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 2,995
Feedback: (8)
I wish the best for you. You are on the right track with knowing and admitting that you need some help...that's the hardest part. Hopefully things change once you stop breastfeeding. Until then, please take care of yourself
__________________
Lynne
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 09:18 PM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
Thank you, Lynne. I have been taking care of my family first and myself second for so long now, I don't think I remember how to but I will try.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2010, 11:29 PM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
Quote:
Originally Posted by msjeanie View Post
Thank you, Lynne. I have been taking care of my family first and myself second for so long now, I don't think I remember how to but I will try.
I know exactly how you feel.

Please try and pamper yourself; you've most certainly earned it.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2010, 11:50 PM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
I will try my best, thank you, Shi.
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2010, 08:43 AM
hammerwoman's Avatar
Denim Goddess
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In a VAN down by the river.
Posts: 7,218
Feedback: (97)
^^

I know what I am going through so I can relate. I was given Zoloft when Evan was 1 week old. I took it for about 2 weeks but hated it because it made me sleepy which just made me more depressed. I was never this depressed with Abram, I think I am going crazy sometimes. I am here if you need to let off some steam!!
__________________
I am
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2010, 11:41 PM
Denim Lover
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 416
Feedback: (3)
^ Thank you so much for your support. I was feeling low but just thought it was because of sleepless nights (my little one is not a sleeper). But the feeling did not go away and now I know it is depression. I was given Zoloft too but I am not taking it yet because I'm still nursing and also because I was told that it can make you sleepy (which you have expereinced). I think I will see if I can take something else after I wean....

Thank you
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 07:15 AM
hammerwoman's Avatar
Denim Goddess
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In a VAN down by the river.
Posts: 7,218
Feedback: (97)
Evan's doctor said that studies showed that little to no Zoloft passes to the baby from breastfeeding....which is the only reason why I tried it.

Hey...I know it sucks to be depressed. I am almost to the point where I should seek help. I am stressed out and beginning to think maybe my family would be better off without me. I am just not happy. And I don't want my kids to suffer or see me like this.
__________________
I am
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 07:27 AM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
Danielle, please seek help. You may need an adjustment in your dosage or a different med altogether. No one should suffer like this, and there are so many resources available for you.

It breaks my heart to hear you talk like this. No matter what I say, you'll feel this way until you get help.

I love you; please talk to someone. This has gone on for too long.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 07:42 AM
hammerwoman's Avatar
Denim Goddess
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In a VAN down by the river.
Posts: 7,218
Feedback: (97)
Thanks Shi I don't take the meds at all. My husband doesn't think that I need something like that....I think he thinks it is shameful and I am just being over sensitive. His mother never had PPD or morning sickness so I kinda think he thinks it is all in my head. I will continue to put on the happy front for everyone until I decide to get help or whatever else happens.
__________________
I am
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 07:50 AM
Luca's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,060
Feedback: (12)
Danielle, the two of us talked about this before - I know exactly how you feel!

I was prescribed Zoloft and did not take it - I had convinced myself it could diminish the milk supply, and I felt BFing was my ONLY way of doing something for the baby, and I did not risk taking it... In retrospective, it was a bad decission for me..

I was miserable and depressed for 2 years until I stopped BFing, and then.. it was like a veil being lifted off.

Please talk to your doctor, I am sure (s)he knows if there are other medications you could take that maybe would not make you drowsy.

Also, your kids LOVE you no matter what, and they DO need you and want to be with you, but I know it feels different to you right now, I have been there..

Think about this as exactly what it is - a chemical imbalance in your body caused by hormones. You are NOT crazy or insane, you are NOT a bad person, and you are NOT a bad mother. If you had a thyrhoid imbalance, woudn't you take the medication to fix it? (I am ). This is an imbalance that can be managed with drugs, and it's temporary, and you WILL get better, I promise, with or without medication, you will not feel like this forever, although it can certainly feel like that at times.

Please keep talking to us, or somebody else you can trust and will not judge you, many of us have been there in the darkness, we have come out , we know and understand how you feel, and we are here to assure you so will you.

Love
__________________
~Roxana~
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 07:57 AM
Luca's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,060
Feedback: (12)
Double post - because I just read your reply.

I am the exact same way, I never take drugs unless I absolutely have to.
God laughs when you make plans, right?

I have to take a thyrhoid medication every day for the rest of my life.

My husband is the same way, he is a good man, and a great father, but he could not understand what I went through, and at some point he made a joke after my doctor prescribed Zoloft "you and Mike Tyson, you should take it before you bite somebody's ear off"". I was so hurt, and I did not talk to him about that after that joke. I know he meant it as a joke, and if you knew him, you knew he did not mean to hurt me or be insensitive,but it was really painful to hear him say it, as I secretly felt the same way, as a failure as a amother and as a person.

Putting on a happy front is what I did, and if you feel that's what you have to do with your family, by all means, do it, but please please come here and let it all out, I promise this helps. Also, mention it to your doctor, hear what she has to say, you don't have to do what she suggests, but at least listen to the options, you might not be aware of what is it that exists out there that could make your life easier.
__________________
~Roxana~

Last edited by Luca; 06-30-2010 at 07:58 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 09:00 AM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
oh I'm sorry Danielle; I thought you were taking zoloft.
I'm sorry your husband isn't more supportive (I'm not surprised though...most men don't have a clue what we go through). but it's not an excuse for him. he doesn't have to "understand" it to recognize that you are suffering and need help.

totally agree with Roxana; come here and let it all out. You have my phone number too; call/text me if you need to. we are all here for you, and even though some of us didn't experience PPD, we can still offer an ear for you.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 09:38 AM
lmspag's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 2,995
Feedback: (8)
Danielle, I too had postpartum depression with my second baby and I was put on Celexa but I think I was done breastfeeding at the time. I'm not sure if that passes to breastmilk or not but it did wonders for me. I will say it did make me really tired at first but the tired feeling passed and then I started to feel much better. If Zoloft didn't work for you then please tell your doctor and maybe they can try something different. Anti-depressants are very funny in that they work differently for different people. I read so much on Celexa that I was afraid to try it too because everyone said they had gained so much weight and of course that was the last thing I wanted when I was already feeling bad about my body image after having a baby. I actually lost weight while on Celexa so everyone is different. My husband was very supportive because he knew I was different and that I needed help. I also went to a therapist once a week and that helped a lot. Really, I hate it when people are just put on meds but they don't go to talk to anyone because I'm a firm believer that meds should only be used for short term until the therapy begins to work. I agree with the others that talking to somebody is a MUST!!! I know it may be hard but you should also sit down with your husband and tell him how you're feeling and that you need him to support you because depression is a sickness (and a very dangerous one at that) and not something that's all in your head. Give him some literature on PP depression and maybe he'll begin to understand. Either way you need to be helped for yourself and for your family. Maybe ask to try Celexa. I took the smallest dose it comes in and I even had to cut it in half because it hit me like a ton of bricks at first. You never know, it may be something to talk to your doctor about. Just keep telling yourself that this is real and it's something that others are and will go through. I feel for you and like Shi said....come here and let it out, you'll feel so much better
__________________
Lynne

Last edited by lmspag; 06-30-2010 at 09:40 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 10:28 AM
hammerwoman's Avatar
Denim Goddess
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In a VAN down by the river.
Posts: 7,218
Feedback: (97)
Roxana, Shi and Lynne - and I really do appreciate your encouraging words right now. My milk supply has adjusted to him not nursing as often, even though I pump twice at work. So that has me down some....plus he likes to eat solids w/ breastmilk in a bottle during the day and nurse from 5 p.m until 7 a.m. I made myself a promise that I would bf until AT LEAST 6 months, which he will be on 7/13. I kinda feel less needed in a way.

We are buying another house so that has put added stress on me. I could go on and on.

I just kinda feel like something is going to happen and I am going to not be able to handle it and then who knows what may happen. I know talking about it helps....I just feel embarrassed by it. I don't want people to know. I am ashamed that I can't pull myself into being happy.
__________________
I am
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 10:40 AM
wakerider30's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,162
Feedback: (120)
We're the perfect solution then! You can't see us, but we're here for you...and since we're not really in your personal life, you can let it all out (not that it should matter either way!) I hope you know what I mean. Danielle, you should NEVER feel bad about taking something...if what I was going through would have gone on much longer, I WOULD HAVE. Really, I know people say this, but I MEAN it. Unless you put yourself first and get the help you need, your family will not have the mama that you are beating yourself up about not being (and I'm not even talking about being perfect) My husbands mother spent a good part of his childhood being depressed and angry...until she found Prozac. She is a completely different woman. The mother he describes as a child is NOT the same mother-in-law I know.

It will just be temporary probably. Most likely you will be able to be off after your hormones adjust after weaning. Give it another try...a few weeks. I have a friend here (who is also on AF) that was on meds while BF a very stressful baby. LMK if you want to know her username.

Don't be afraid to ask/demand what you need. Much love to you, Danielle!
__________________
***AddisonLane Boutique on FB!***
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Add...17820881580301
Or Etsy! http://www.etsy.com/your/listings
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 10:41 AM
Dojoqueen's Avatar
Denim God
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Here
Posts: 36,827
Feedback: (101)
Danielle, DO NOT feel embarrassed, ashamed, etc. NONE of it.

PPD is an illness just like mastitis or anything else; people attach a stupid stigma to it because it's not as physically visible (and most people say "in the head"), etc. it's very real, and it's blatantly obvious you are really struggling with it. please please do NOT stop talking about it here. if you want, you can rant and rave every five minutes and we'll just read and listen. you don't always need advice, but getting it off your chest WILL help.

in addition to posting here, do me a favor and either get a journal or make an online one. write your feelings down as they come; i guarantee you will feel better just getting it out on paper (or computer). i had antenatal depression with my fourth pregnancy (i was depressed from week 10 until about week 22). it was the darkest time of my life, and i was shit scared. happily it disappeared, but it was 12 weeks of hell. i made a journal and kept all my thoughts in there (there were very few online forums back then)...and i just let everything out in there. i look back at it now and i can't believe some of the things i said...but they were REAL back then, and i DID feel better.

just another outlet for you.



oh, and i totally agree with Lynne about educating your hubby on PPD. he is supposed to be a support for you and a soft shoulder, he probably just doesn't know "how", because he doesn't understand it.

you are needed whether you nurse Abram once a week or once an hour. you are the apple of his eye and the center of his universe. that will NEVER change, Danielle.
__________________
you buy now
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2010, 12:18 PM
hammerwoman's Avatar
Denim Goddess
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In a VAN down by the river.
Posts: 7,218
Feedback: (97)
I love you ladies so much!!! Seriously Anne, your words were perfect....I can let it out and I don't have to look anyone in the eye while I do it. I don't know if you are rolling your eyes or crying with me, not that I think anyone here would roll their eyes at me....just sayin. It makes it way easier to type how much I hate ME, than to say it out loud.

Shi - I You but I am nursing Evan not Abram. That made me laugh....can you imagine breast feeding a nearly 6 year old? Hey mom....can I have some boob while I play XBOX?
__________________
I am
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
 
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70