Hi I stumbled across this thread and could have written it too! I didn't realize that this was PND! I feel overwhelmed and anxious and most nights can't get to sleep because I dread spending the day alone with my child!! How absolutely horrible! It is so much harder than I could have ever imagined and I hate the mother I am sometimes I am not how I thought I would be. I guess I've just been hoping it would get easier but it's not. How long can PND last for? My LO is 13months.
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02-01-2012 21:27 #22
Hi Gypsybum, wow you've been struggling a long time by the sounds of it... I'm not sure how long it can last but from what I have read is classified as PND when you have a child under two. I would assume it lasts in some extent for as long as it takes to get treated... I'd start with a chat to your doctor, mine was great on the first visit and unbelievably understood what I was trying to say even though I burst into tears as soon as I walked through he door!
Have my first appointment at the PND mother ad baby unit on the 12th, eagerly awaiting my appointment and hanging in til then!
02-01-2012 21:49 #23
Sorry to hear you have been having a difficult time, it definitely sounds like PND. Have you seen anyone about it? You are entitled to subsidised counselling sessions if you visit your GP and obtain a mental health plan. It can be well worth it, I have found counselling very helpful in my situation. How are you going at the moment?
02-01-2012 22:09 #24
Mummainky: It's great to hear that you have a GP that has been understanding and supportive. As they often are the first point of contact, it is crucial that they take our concerns seriously and don't discourage us from seeking further help! I hope things will improve for you.
Gypsybum. It sounds like you might have late-onset PND, and the later you receive help and treatment, the longer the PND can linger. If you have not already, please have a look at the many AND/PND resources that exist on bubhub. Here is a link:
As you might have seen from one of my previous posts in this thread, I am the PND/AND ambassador on Bubhub. I would love to extend my support and get you connected to as many helpful resources as I can.
As well as seeing your GP, I can really recommend that you contact PANDA. (Post and Antenatal Depression Association - Call 1300 726 306) to find out if there are any support services in your area. PANDA has a large database with a lots of information about perinatal support services in the community and also do phone counselling.
Also, I again want to mention the private PND/AND discussion area on the forum. The area is a place where sufferers of perinatal depression can come together for support, education and general chat. It is an accepting place where distressing issues that we may not feel comfortable disclosing elsewhere can be raised. You can find the area here: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...scussion-areas
I'll PM you the password now. (Mummainky, I would love to see you in there too!)
Thank you both for openly acknowledging your PND concerns.
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