My sister has suffered from depression for many years and has been on an antidepressant for a few years. She tried a couple of times to lower her dosage, which had its sucesses, but she cannot come off totally without having horrible feelings, thoughts, and all the other things that go with suffering depression. Lucky for me, I cannot even comprehend what these feelings may be like. I've had depression at times in my life but nothing that didnt blow over after a few weeks or months.
So she is now wanting to start a family soon, and simply cannot find information on being able to stay on the medication throughout and beyond the pregnancy. Her risks would be higher, not significant enough though, to consider not having a family at all, or worse, coming off the medication altogether and risk feeling so bad that the result could be worse for mother and baby than if she had stayed on medication.
There are not a lot of places where you'll actually see it written that it's ok to stay on meds, its pretty much Taboo...but there must be people out there with similar stories, concerns, experiences??
This is an issue that is very near to my heart, so I am asking any BubHubbers to please help her with any informaton, wesites, person experiences of this kind, or referals to Obstetricians (in Melb) with a special interest in this issue.
Thankyou for reading and if you have any help for my sister, please reply.