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    Default Postnatal Depression

    Today I had an appointment with my GP and I have been diagnosed with PND. I feel ashamed, embarrassed and like a complete failure.
    I have been prescribed Zoloft. What side effects have others had taking this medication? How did it make you feel? How did others deal with PND?

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    I don't know but I'm wondering if I have it. What did you tell your gp?

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    @rubytuesday24 i just want to reach through the screen and give you a massive hug. You are NOT a failure. Seeking help is the most difficult step and takes a lot of strength and courage to do. PND is (unfortunately) so common and absolutely nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Its an illness, and like most illnesses can be and needs to be acknowledged and treated.

    I haven't taken zoloft but I have been diagnosed with severe PND after the birth of my 1st baby and perinatal depression while pregnant with #3. For a long long time I felt the feelings you are feeling- the shame, embarrassment and failure- because I had to be medicated in order to simply function on a daily basis. But eventually I realised that its not something I can control- it will always be there and I need help managing it. Counselling and medication definitely helped. And I learned to recognise my triggers and warning signs and most importantly I learned to ask for help and to talk to someone when I am struggling.

    Ways I manage are:
    - talking to someone- a friend, my mum, my husband or in really bad times my gp. Even bubhub. BeyondBlue and PANDA are also great resources.
    - i take a shower. Sounds silly but i imagine all the negative emotions and thoughts washing down the drain.
    - writing a journal. Again sounds silly but getting all the thoughts out of my head and onto paper helps. A lot.

    It may take a while, and you may feel worse before you feel better, but there is a light behind these dark clouds. You are not alone.

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    Hugs rubytuesday. Pnd is an illness like the flu or the measles. Nothing to be embarrassed about.
    This is my third time with PND- it's come after each baby I've had. I'm bloody well sick of it but I've learned a lot about how to cope with it along the way.
    I'm not on Zoloft so I can't give you any help with that, but it's fairly common to feel spaced out or have headaches for the first couple of weeks on a new antidepressant. You do feel better after a few weeks but the first couple can actually feel a little worse as you adjust to the medicine.
    You are not a failure- you have a hormonal imbalance. Nothing you can do to avoid that, but you can treat it, which is what you are doing. Please forgive yourself for not coping and focus on what you can do, and what you are good at- I'm sure it's a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    I don't know but I'm wondering if I have it. What did you tell your gp?
    Hi BettyW there is a questionnaire the GP has called the Edinburgh post natal depression scale, you answer the questions and your Dr will recommend a course of action, often medication & counselling, sometimes a stay in a mother & baby unit.

    If you suspect you have it, you probably do. Why not see your GP and just tell them how you've been feeling?

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    Don't be ashamed. You're not a failure. I used to think the same thing about myself. I had PND and PTSD after my first. I wasn't medicated but I saw a counsellor Regularly. I had a 'negative' thought journal and a positive one which worked really well. My counsellor challenged me to write three good things that happened each day, eventually the positive journal got bigger than the negative one. I also learnt breathing techniques, I cant tell you just how valuable this is. Breathing and practising mindfulness really got me through the tough times. Has your GP mentioned anything about seeing a counsellor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by made2bAmummy View Post
    Hi BettyW there is a questionnaire the GP has called the Edinburgh post natal depression scale, you answer the questions and your Dr will recommend a course of action, often medication & counselling, sometimes a stay in a mother & baby unit.

    If you suspect you have it, you probably do. Why not see your GP and just tell them how you've been feeling?
    You can also do the questionnaire online. There's also help available from a group called PANDA who are specialists with PND.
    @rubytuesday24 please don't feel bad about having PND, it's nothing to be ashamed of! It's an illness. If you were a complete jerk, then you could be ashamed of that. That's something you choose. PND isn't something you choose! I have no experience with Zoloft, but I have been on an antidepressant for nerve pain in the past and I can tell you that it can really make you feel crappy at the start and never, ever stop them cold turkey!!! I hope you're getting lots of support and you start to feel better soon x

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    I do see a counselor at our local community health clinic. Today I have taken my second zoloft tablet and feel very anxious and shakey. I feel a little bit nauseous and have a dry mouth. I really hope all of these side effect go away soon. I don't feel very well at all..

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    my biggest hugs, rubytuesday, im proud of you for seeking help and for looking for a solution to your stress. I have no experience with Zoloft, but if you are concerned about the side effects speak with your chemist or doctor. you are not a failure or a a bad person, you are getting help with an illness. take good care of yourself, there are people who need you and people who value you. hugs, marie.


 

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