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    Default Struggling mum

    Hi, I'm a mum to a 2yr old very active boy. I have been finding it hard to cope lately. I seem always grumpy, angry, anxious & stressed/strung out. I feel like I'm changing as a person, & I really hate who I am becoming :-(
    We have no family support, so are raising our son without any help or grandparents around and we are both finding it very tough. We have also been having a lot of issues with disciplining our son lately - he never listens & nothing we do seems to work... I guess I wanted some advice - is feeling this way a normal part of being a parent, or should I see my doctor? I just don't want to look silly if I'm just not coping as well as everyone else.
    Any help much appreciated
    P. S - new at this so be nice!

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    Hi hun, it sounds like normal behavious for a 2 year old boy. they don't call them the terrible 2's for nothing.. im in exactly the same boat with my son at the moment.. and I know its so hard without help, you sound like you may have pnd, it's still best to have a chat to your gp anyway, it can't hurt. do you have many friends around you? if not maybe join a play group and you can make new friends that way and your son can have a bit of a play.. it gets easier I promise!

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    Maybe your child health nurse can help you gain some parenting skills in terms of disciplining your son, although at the age of 2 it's probably more about guiding his behaviour than discipline. Positive parenting programs are really good and usually run frequently in the community. I hope that came across ok. Parenting toddlers can be really tough. Sometimes learning new ways of dealing with behaviours can be all you need to feel in control again and enjoy being a family. Hang in there

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    Thanks, we are going to attend a behavioral seminar held by our local child health clinic so hopefully that will give us some ideas & solutions for disciplining our son.
    I don't really have many friends, but we do go to Ngala playgroups as I need to keep my son busy or he'll drive me nuts at home!
    I wondered whether pnd could be it, but i thought it was only days & months after having a baby? Not 2 years!?
    I think I will visit my doctor anyway & see if he can give me some advice... I'm sick of always being gloomy, grumpy & feeling overwhelmed. :-(

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    I was undiagnosed for 2 years having PND. It's defintely possible. Please get checked out, untreated, it can be a very serious illness, and you are more at risk not having a large support network.

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    Hi just wondering how you're going now? Did you find some new strategies for discipline and did you see your GP re low moods?

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    Hi Ladies, i went to the doctor a day or so after my last post. He diagnosed me as having depression. He referred me to a counsellor, who has been great. That, along with some changes around home (not being so hard on myself with keeping a perfect home) has meant I have improved over the last few weeks. I still have my bad days, and am not 100% yet, but am getting there. I'm pleased my fiancee suggested a trip to the doctors. Thank you for everyone's help and advise

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