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    i feel strange just writing this but i think it's high time i reached out and got some support. ds is 16 months old and i feel like for most of the time since he was born, i've struggled with anxiety and at times, depression. mostly the anxiety. i've always been an anxious person and looking back, i feel stupid for not having better strategies in place to manage my emotional and mental wellbeing after he was born. i feel silly for not having sought help earlier but i have never been sure if i'm depressed or anxious "enough" or whether it's just a sh!t week or run of bad luck that's causing me to feel the way i am. i'm finally accepting it's just me and i need to do something to fix this.

    anyway, we are hoping to start ttc soon. if i get prescribed antidepressants or sons other kind of meds, can i take them whilst ttc? is it safe?

    tbh i'm scared of going through all this with a second bub, plus having a toddler to care for. my anxiety is high most days as it is. i just know i can't keep living this quality of life, it's unfair on dh and ds and myself and i am sick of feeling crappy. or temporarily ok, then back to crappy. i just want to feel normal, happy, relaxed (well non anxious anyway).

    where do i go for help and can anyone shed any light on the ttc/meds thing?

    thanks x

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    Sertraline is supposed to be fine. I was prescribed it while pregnant. I can find out from my SIL what she is on? She's medicated specifically for anxiety, whereas I was medicated for depression and anxiety.

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    Also, go to your GP. I've had a counsellor say to me "people don't go to the doctor and ask for medication for anxiety or depression unless they feel they really need it." If your gp says they don't want to prescribe it, I'd ask why they don't think it is necessary treatment for you and then give them that line. A lot of gps are really bad with mental health. Ask for a mental health care plan and a referral to a psych (not just a counsellor).

    If you want specifics on living day to day with anxiety with a toddler, then the pregnancy/new baby thing, feel free to PM me. I feel like I am on a more even keel (for the most part) these days, though it takes a lot of work to maintain.

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    I want to add: good on you for reaching this step - it's the hardest part. And huge hugs.

    Sorry for all the posts. DD won't go to sleep properly and I keep having my train of thought interrupted.

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    thanks TD, really appreciate your responses xx

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    Good on you Turqs, for reaching out for help.
    I went to the GP when DD was 5 months old, a bit of a mess and not knowing what was wrong with me. I ended up seeing a psychologist for about 2 months, which really helped. I didn't end up with medication, but if you go down that path they should be able to recommend something safe for TTC and pregnancy.
    Hugs x

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ565 View Post
    Good on you Turqs, for reaching out for help.
    I went to the GP when DD was 5 months old, a bit of a mess and not knowing what was wrong with me. I ended up seeing a psychologist for about 2 months, which really helped. I didn't end up with medication, but if you go down that path they should be able to recommend something safe for TTC and pregnancy.
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    thanks. yeah i recall you saying you went for a chat with your gp as you were snapping at dd a lot. i feel the same way. putting aside how idiotic i feel for allowing myself to go like this for so long, more than anything i just want to be a good mum to ds. and i feel this *whatever it is* is holding me back. look maybe i don't need meds, but the way i feel currently i will happily take some. i've always been against taking meds for this stuff but i'm just so over feeling this way, i'll do anything. as i said, i've always been an anxious, moody and over emotional type, so i'm not expecting to suddenly feel "normal". would just be nice to feel a bit more balanced/in control of my feelings though.
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    Hi
    A really brave step to take and I agree with the above statements regarding seeing a gp for a mental health care plan so you can see a psychologist (clinical psychologist). In my experience in dealing with my own anxiety / depression (I now say that I'm in remission - we're trying for our first child through ivf and I've been off medication for over 3.5 years) I found it better to see a psychiatrist for the actual medication side of things.
    It may sound a little extreme but I found my gp, even though extremely supportive, his knowledge of the drugs/interactions were just not on the same level.
    I saw an orthopaedic surgeon for specialised surgery so then thought for my brain and mental health why aren't I seeing the best of the best??
    I have worries of my own too about how I'll go with the pressures related to ivf so have touched based again with my psychologist; who is amazing and literally changed my life for the better )

    Go easy on yourself and know you're always doing the best you can and you've taken a massive step in reaching out and airing your worries. It's a bloody awful thing which is hard to combat alone when it's taken hold so it's truly wonderful you're on the path to seeking help
    I can't help with specifics regarding meds but I know there are some that are ok to use while pregnant and your gp/ob/psych will be able to ensure things are safe for you and baby.
    All the best to you and your family x

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    Just popping in to let you know that there are safe meds to take when TTC and also when pregnant.

    Maybe see a GP who can refer you to see a psych that specialises in post/peri natal anxiety/depression.

    Depending on if you were private/public your ob/caregivers from your 1st pregnancy may also be able to recommend someone.

    ETA. Also check out PANDA.
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