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Does PND ever go away?
Today i went to the doctors for the girls and than she asked me if i had a minute to talk about me... Apparently i have stress written all over my face. I have bags under my eyes. She asked if i have ever been on depression tablets. I said i have been but went off them as i was bleeding every two weeks, so she has given me a new depression tablets to try and wants to see me in a weeks time...
I feel like that my life is in a big mess... The girls are misbaving all the time, Abby hits me and kicks me.. i feel that i am losing control. :crying:
I don't really know anything about PND, but I just wanted to send you a hug :hugs: tell you that you are in my thoughts and wish you better fortune soon.
I dont think it ever really goes away, you just learn better ways to cope with it.
I refuse to take anti-depresents anymore, I just feel bad about it all.
I have PND and I'm taking zoloft.
It has helped me so much, I diden't realise how much of a mess i was untill I started taking them.
I went to a natropath first as I beleive drugs should be a final option, so maybe you should try that.
Hugs to you, I'm here if you need support and someone to lean on...it sounds like ur having a rough time.
But please remember you don't need to be feeling this way, and the light is waiting for you at the end of the tunnel:hugs:
Hey there - I'm a psychologist (probationary) who has spent the last 2 years treating people with PND, and a PND sufferer myself.
PND doesn't just usually just go away - although sometimes it can - but it usually takes some work with a psychologist as well as antidepressants to make it go.
This is what I wrote in another thread - I think it applies here too:
Research has shown that people with chronic depression have the best chance of going into remission when they have both drug therapy AND psychosocial treatment. This means seeing a psychologist for a time. If you can afford to, go private, if not, go public. There are services available for free, or for a fee, but you need to find yourself someone to help you through the underlying issues that keep bringing the depression to the forefront, because until you do it will always be a problem. Medication can be used to lift your mood intially to help you on the way to recovery, but it doesn't really change those underlying issues - only therapy can do this.
BTW - You are NOT pathetic or stupid, or any other negative thing you are thinking or feeling about yourself at the moment. It is NOT your fault that you have depression - any more than it would be your fault if you got the flu - Depression is a PHYSICAL illness with a physiological cause that can be overcome - with the right help.
If you think of it in those terms, then you can begin to let go of the guilt that you are imposing on yourself - If you had a broken leg, you would see a doctor to help you fix it, and you wouldn't feel guilty about it. you would take the right painkillers etc to help you SO - think of the depression as a physcial illness that you need to take some drugs for, and need to see a specialist for (a psychologist).
I'm sorry my post was so long, I hope it helps. Please get some help for yourself, because you deserve so much better in life than to be depressed all the time - and you can have it - you just need the right help. Beyond Blue is a good place to start. If you want to find a psychologist you can try the Psychologists' registration board in your state - in vic this website is www.psychreg.vic.gov.au (http://www.psychreg.vic.gov.au/) or the Australian Psychological Society website - www.psychology.org.au (http://www.psychology.org.au/) - that should point you in the right direction. If you need to chat, or want more information re: finding a psych, please PM me anytime.
Good luck with your journey to wellness.:)
I don't think PND ever goes away...I am going through my PND at the moment, I have suffered depression on and off over many years since being a teengager. I have been on meds before but never stayed on them long enough because I thought they were 'evil'. Since I had bubs, I found I was losing control and my feelings were making me suicidal, and angry towards me, bubs and the hubby. I sought help from a new doctor (I wasn't comfy with my old one), and she mentioned drugs and said that the combination of the drugs and therapy will help. I started taking them because I knew how dark I was, and within a few weeks I noticed the difference. And now (it's been about 2 months) I feel a lot better. I'm sleeping, I'm handling situations better, I have more patience, and more importantly I'm enjoying my time with my hubby and bubs.
I know people bag drugs but I think that they do help in the short term. They say to take them a minimum of 6 months to get the full benefit. I'm only going to be on them for as long as I need to be, but understand if it may be longer than I thought it would be. I feel better in myself too with talking to people about it and discussing issues that arise every now and then. It helps having a support network around you, even if it's paid help.
I think it's wonderful that you have a Dr that recognises the signs of stress and possible PND. It's wonderful too that the Dr is following up with you after a short period of time. It's the Dr's who give you the drugs then have no follow up that give the drugs a 'bad' name and they are used incorrectly.
If you feel you can't cope, talk to people and keep that support network going. Also if you haven't already, exercise! I know it sounds lame, but I found exercise to help with my mood and overall well being.
Remember, we all have ups and downs, but when it's constant and there is no let up, that's when it can develop into something more serious.
Take care and I'm always up for a chat if you need more support. PM me if you would like :hugs:
I'm on Efexor for depression and anxiety but am slowely weening off them now. I hope that depression does go away, because right now i feel like mine has.
We will see :rolleyes:
I'm on Sertaline. 50mg
Is that a really strong dose?
Mummy of 2 - I personally don't have any experience with PND but I just wanted to offer any support I can. A very good friend of mine has suffered years through it on & off medication. Please don't be too hard or down on yourself. Thinking of you in your stressful time.
Take care Tara:)
I'm on Sertaline. 50mg
Is that a really strong dose?
I'm no doctor, but I have worked in public psychiatry with women with PND for 3 years. I also have had PND myself.
I'm on Sertaline too - it's trade name is Zoloft. And to the best of my knowledge (again, I want to emphasise that I am NOT medically trained) 50mg is actually quite a low dose. That is only just within the therapeutic window (meaning, its at this dose that it starts working effectively). The highest dose would be 150mg.
Have been reading all these posts with interest......not sure which path to take ie. counselling with or without medication ( traditional antidepressants or homeopathy)
i have read that lots of antidepressants cause weight gain, which I think would make me even more depressed as i am trying to lose pregnancy weight. What are your experiences/opinions of zoloft and weight gain as a side effect????
Different meds are diff so hard to say if it is a strong dose?
I was on Efexor 75 mgs the highest was 150mgs and I have cut back to 35mgs.
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