I was wondering if you could help me?
I know nothing about PPD, well apart from the obvious. I was wondering, does anyone know if it is possible to have PPD after 5 years? I mean, as it's been untreated for so long could it have lasted until now? Or, could it be normal Depression?
Have any of you ladies experienced it? I'm almost convinced I have it.
Me - Kristi, 29
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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I had ppd after my first, none after my second. But, I have suffered from generalized anxiety disorder for many years - probably due to increasing fibromyalgia symptoms and no diagnosis until recently. I don't know if a doctor would say it is technically possible to have ppd continue for so long, but i think the terminology doesn't matter. Both ppd and depression/anxiety have many of the same symptoms. I would speak to your doctor about how you're feeling. Do you have any physical symptoms, like fatigue, achy muscles, headaches, periods of racing heart or palpitations, dizziness, etc.? If you do you should mention them as well. If your doctor recommends an anti-depressant medication all those symptoms need to be taken under consideration before prescribing the right medication. However, and this is a warning, anti-depressants can be very difficult to stop. The withdrawal symptoms for some people (me included) can be very hard to manage and they included visual problems, electric 'zapping' sensations in your face and hands, and generally feeling like crap.
I hope you're able to get some relief from how you're feeling.
Yea, I agree that they might not call it PPD, but it is certainly possible to be depressed for 5 years if untreated. My mother was depressed for years before she finally got help. She found that talk therapy helped her more than medication did, so I recommend trying that if it is available.
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PPD as clinically defined starts within six weeks of giving birth (or having a miscarriage) and is typically resolved within a year. If you have depression symptoms beyond that time period, then you would move into just "normal" depression or anxiety or whatever. Talk to your care provider and get a complete medical workup, too, because there are some medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
Also, you're a single mom, right? I'm sure that's stressful in itself. Make sure you're filling your own emotional fuel tank regularly, i.e. take good care of yourself, get a break, etc. because when you let yourself get too frazzled, everything seems & feels worse than it really is, kwim?
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I think talk therapy is really helpful, and I'm so sorry you're struggling with this.
I agree about therapy. I cut my post short because I had to do some stuff. I also saw a psychologist for a while when dealing with my issues. She was into mostly cognitive behavioural therapy. There are also some pretty great books out there too. I also feel much better emotionally when I exercise. Does wonders for the mind and body.
Yep. I think drugs should only be used in really serious cases, and not long term. If you can do without, even better. I did talk therapy for a while and it helped immensely, and I was definitely very depressed (probably in a non-clinical sense) and going through some dark times. It made a huge difference and got me back on track.
These days I do yoga and meditation and that is enough, but I'm in a much different place.
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No, I do not think that post party's depression manifests 5 years after childbirth. If you think you are depressed I urge you to NOT go to a general practitioner but to a talk therapist and to a psychopharmacologist if you DO decide to take medication. IMO GP's have NO business prescribing psychiatric drugs. Good lick to you and I hope you are feeling better soon!!!