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    How did you come to realise that you had postnatal depression? What were the first signs? Sorry if this sounds like a silly question. I just wanted to know about how it starts and how you came to cure it. Thanks.

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    Its not always you that realises you have it.most of the time its people around you that notice a difference and point it out. There isn't any real cure but if you see a gp they can help you out in a variety of ways from counselling to medication. They can also help you out with other strategies of coping if neither of those are your thing.

    But a list of symptoms could include: moodiness, becoming withdrawn, crying often for no particular reason, feeling anxious, depressed, feeling down in the dumps more often than not, feeling of not coping, then there are the more severe ones of feeling suicidal, self harm, wanting to inflict harm on the baby etc

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    I had it for a long time before I was diagnosed, I totally denied it. I would say google post natal depression quiz/assessment/questionnaire. Do some reading , call PANDA, ask a trusted friend for their opinion. If you are finding things harder than they should be (compared to other mothers around you), over a period of time, that's a bit of a give away. Most of the assessment forms use a fairly short period of two weeks or a month i.e. if you have been feeling teary/irritable/anxious over the last two weeks. Of course it can be worse than this, self- harm, angry feelings towards bub etc. But your symptoms don't have to be severe, it can be mild or moderate but just drag on and on with you just coping, with difficulty. I didn't go to the gp for a long time because I felt I had to prove I was sick enough to need help.

    Can I ask, why are you concerned?

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    I wasn't actually diagnosed with PND. I was suffering from trauma and stresses of some serious illnesses... BUT at a visit to my child health nurse I had to do a standard questionnaire about how I felt and my score was so low that she had me booked in to see a psych that day. If you have concerns give your CHN a call or talk to your gp. I was referred to a specialist dealing with post-natal issues....you may not have PND but you might just have some things you need to go through and I recommend getting some help. Even if you don't have it then no harm done.

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    I was in denial that I had it too. I was so tired, depressed and anxious that I didn't have any energy left to figure out what was wrong with me or even just realise there was something wrong. I had even told my family I was going to harm my baby and they just told me it was normal to have those feelings. Umm no don't think so. I started slowly emerging about of the depression but the anxiety was still terrible so I had some insight by about 7 months something was wrong. Like the others said I went to the chn for her check up and did a questionnaire. It is hard to diagnose yourself with it because I kept thinking I would just snap out of it and get over it. Didn't happen. Got some great counselling with a psychologist that really helped me. Hope you are ok

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    Like PP said, it was others around me who noticed a change in my behaviours. Particularly DH.
    I was not officially 'diagnosed' the first time. I have recently been diagnosed with it for a 'second time' (second bub). This time, I took myself to the GP because i had awful thoughts running thru my mind i was not comfortable with and i knew something was not right. I couldnt get out of bed. I couldnt function. I had 2 very young kids to get up and care for and i just hid under the doona and cried. I felt as low as anyone could ever feel about themselves and their life. When DS cried it would put me on edge and i would just snap.... PND hit me alot later (5mths post birth) than it did with my first baby (baby blues on that 2nd day just didnt go away). I was just lucky i knew what was happening so i could get treatment.



    OP - if you dont feel "right" please go to your GP or talk to someone about your feelings/thoughts.
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    I think I may have depression too. I have a history of it. I've been getting visions too which scare me. I couldn't get into my usual dr and the dr I saw said its just normal. So I've booked into my usual dr today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by march2013 View Post
    I think I may have depression too. I have a history of it. I've been getting visions too which scare me. I couldn't get into my usual dr and the dr I saw said its just normal. So I've booked into my usual dr today.
    I'm so glad you're seeing someone else, I hope you start feeling better soon. Xx


 

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