Have you ever experienced postpartum depression?

and how do you deal with it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:29 PM on Nov. 22, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I had it with two of my kids. I went to the doctor and got put on antidepressents and was fine.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 1:30 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • After my first child I went through it, not as bad as some mothers that I know but pretty bad. I was in denial for a while but my husband finally made me go to get some professional help and that helped immensely. I found I was pregnant again just a little after, and instead of making me worse as my husband worried it may, it almost had the effect of snapping me out of it and making me happier again.
    haleykarson

    Answer by haleykarson at 1:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I went to regular therapy, did a CBT self-help program, started exercising daily, reached out by joining some groups and classes, kept a daily journal and a daily list of things I'm grateful for, and began a daily meditation practice.
    BlueFrogMama

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 1:34 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • why does this happen to us?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • It's usually a combination of things. For starters, women who have a history of depression are much more prone to PPD. Then throw together a crazy huge hormone shift, sleep deprivation, exhaustion and injury from childbirth, and all the other added stress that comes with having a baby, and frankly it's amazing to me that there are women out there who DON'T get PPD.
    BlueFrogMama

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 2:06 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I have it BAD! I'm on meds and they help a little. Mostly I try to get out everyday to do something even if it's just to go to the store. I also go to my mother's everyday just so I have someone to talk to. That helps the most.
    BabyBreyen

    Answer by BabyBreyen at 3:01 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I have had it really badly. I stayed inpatient in a hospital for a few weeks and then had electroshock therapy for many months, and started some new meds. All of this helped. It's still a struggle, but it's better than it was. My son is 11 months old now and I am starting to finally feel like I have a grasp on myself most of the time.
    quirkymama

    Answer by quirkymama at 7:37 AM on Mar. 18, 2009

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  • PPD is rough. I had it with my second son and it was terrible. I think for 2 mos all I did was cry. it was driving everyone crazy. I went on prozac and got out my stroller and got the boys out and could focus on other stuffbesides being in the house with 2 little ones and a preteen. I started going to the mall or wal-mart just to get out with them and gradually it got better.
    Good luck to you.,
    TBKSuperMama

    Answer by TBKSuperMama at 9:05 AM on Mar. 28, 2009

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  • yes i have had postpartum depression when i had aubrey i was crying and had panic attacks
    loveaubrey

    Answer by loveaubrey at 12:06 PM on Jan. 30, 2010

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