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perinatal depression

Postby Mantis » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:20 am

Hello everyone

I have come to admit this week that I have perinatal/antenatal depression. It is horrible and the guilt associated with it is one of the hardest thing. I was so excited to become pregnant and the depression has robbed that from me and I am not myself and it is affecting my study and my relationships and also my physical health.

I am seeing a psychologist and have got some assistance from a phone based perinatal depression support group. But things are very bad and I just cannot continue this way. I may have to consider medication but of course I am concerned about this

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced full on perinatal depression, not just feeling a bit overwhelmed and down for a few days but full blown depression? I am dreading this could last the entire pregnancy and beyond

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Re: perinatal depression

Postby mandylgibbs » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:54 am

I experienced something similar. I know it isn't the same but when I took my kids in from Foster Care a year and a half ago it took me almost 8 months to deal with my depression and get help. I gained almost 100 pounds in that time... 100 pounds I worked VERY HARD to lose the year before they came. I started having phone conversations with an ex as a way to escape the pressure and struggle. Like, I'm a bad person for feeling this way so I may as well be the worst person I can imagine. It was VERY VERY difficult. Admitting it and getting help was the best thing I ever did though.
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Re: perinatal depression

Postby FrostedFuji » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:12 pm

I've struggled with anxiety & depression since I was around 11, diagnosed and treated since I was 16. So it didn't start out pregnancy related, but the hormones are definitely taking a massive toll on me, and I've been having an especially tough time the last few weeks. It's really shitty, and getting help has always been the hardest part of it all for me.

I was really fortunate to find a good psychiatric nurse who specializes in pregnancy & breastfeeding women. Despite being on medication over the last couple of years, which helped a ton, it's clearly not being as effective as it was - I'm going to talk to her about a higher dosage at the next visit. I am absolutely terrified of everything getting worse postpartum, though :(

You're absolutely not alone in dealing with this. I can't tell you how grateful I am about the research that's been done recently on antidepressants and fetal development - I can't imagine what I'd do if I was also worried about harm to baby or if I had to go off meds.
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Re: perinatal depression

Postby SarahCHW » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:45 am

I have anxiety problems that I was medicated for in college. Pregnancy certainly hasn't helped, I've actually felt like I was going to have a panic attack a couple times so far and this is the first time since college that I have felt that way (so the first time in 5 years). You are absolutely not alone and we are all here for you as much as you need.

This is my first pregnancy so I can't say that it gets better, but I am so glad that you are reaching out and getting help. Please do not hesitate to share your issues here, there is absolutely zero judgement.

Medication is always a better option than feeling the way you do all the time, pregnancy or no. You will just have to explore your best options a little more carefully. Hope things get easier for you soon.
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Re: perinatal depression

Postby casi7787 » Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:16 pm

Me. This sucks. I'm sorry you feel that way. I wish there was something other than medication. I've talked to a couple of people but haven't sought professional help.
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Re: perinatal depression

Postby skye skye » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:00 pm

I'm also dealing with anxiety in pregnancy - I have PTSD. I do notice that pregnancy makes things worse too - since I've been pregnant I've noticed that exerting energy causes me to be out of breath, and at times it's actually started to trigger a panic attack. Ugh...I will be seeing the doctor tomorrow about this - and the headaches I've been having. You are not alone!
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