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Created on : Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 01:58:37 pm
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Having a baby is a major life change and postpartum depression can affect any woman who is pregnant, has had a baby, miscarried, or ended a pregnancy. Share advice and support here.

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April 27, 2007, 10:35 pm CDT

i know what ppd is

Quote From: macaronicheese

What is postpartum depression? I don't get what that is and the difference between Depression? Please let me know.


Whitney

post partum is felings of overwhelming sadness sometime bad feelings toward your newborn i suffered for 4 years andi am tring to get a support group starte.i have three other children who nedd my halp plrsed ig you do.he wil be a molrl in otdt\\

 
April 29, 2007, 7:36 pm CDT

support group for all women suffering from ppd

I am goin to post my email so ladies who dont want to share there story to everyone can contact me,i am a survivor of ppd.i suffered for 4 years i have had every crazy thought you can imagine. please contact me I am starting a support group for ppd sufferers.PLEASE dont be embarrased! i am here to help.here is my email imkays2003@yahoo.com. thanks you and god bless
 
April 30, 2007, 11:40 am CDT

I have suffered so bad...

I have had ppd so bad. 

After  my daughter was born I knew that there was something wrong. I was paraniod, scared, depressed. I had terrible visions of bad things happening to my daughter. Let me be clear that Ioved my daughter and my visions were not about hurting her. I do not understand how people kill/hurt their children. I was so afraid and alone. I thought that if I told someone they would take my baby away. I can't stress how lonely I was. I also should mention that 9/11 happened when she was 6 weeks old and added a whole new dimention to the situation.  I finally got some meds and a got better, although I feel like it has not ever gone completely.

 I had my son 18 months ago. I knew what to expect and discussed with my OB. They offered me to be on meds during my pregnancy, but i will  not do it. The baby does not need it. I disn't want to risk his health. I had a difficult pregnancy. I had preterm labor at 30 weeks and was in the hospital for a week. I also had gestational diabetes at the same time and had to give myself insulin.  I vomitted the whole time during both pregnencies. So much so that I only gained 6 pound overall. I was depressed before the baby was born. I was on bedrest for 2 months. As soon as he was born (full term thank god) I started my meds asap. This time it was so much worse. I loved him and he was great.

  But I felt so alone, even though I knew it was going to happen and I have a great husband. I heard voices, nightmares, I would see things, like people walking by my windows at night. I was convinced DSS was coming to take my kids away ( I have no idea why, my children are well cared for and happy and I know I am a good mom), pedophiles were stalking my children. I was paranoid. I remember thinking in my bed a few times, how my children and husband would be so better off with out some one like me around them.  I contimplated suicide many times, The only thing that kept me from doing it was my beautiful babies. I did not want them to have to mourn me, or be sad. I thought about the terrible converation that would have had to be had with my 4 year old about how mommy wasn't coming back because she went up to heaven. I did not want them to think that it was their fault. I wanted to make sure I was around to protect them from life. I remember driving and actually picking trees out- the ones that would be good to crash into. I finally got some intesive help. I collapsed and went to the ER because the suicidal thoughts were so bad. They admitted me for the night. When I woke up I was being wheeled into a "crazy room". I did not like the way they treated me. Locking me in a room was not the answer. I really wish there were better ways or better people to help people like us. This whole problem is torture for me and the people who have it, and I am sure their families too. It is hard to understand if it doesn't happen to you.

I wish that there was a special PPD hospital where just these women and their families could go for treatment. I know I should have been hospitalized, but it was like being away from my children would have made it so much worse. I did not trust anyone and never really told anyone how bad it was for fear that I would be locked away with out my kids. That is really crummy. I am just now feeling like myself again. I don' t know if I will ever be over it completely. I love my children and want to have more. The only thing that stops me is the PPD. What if I can't rationalize myself out of suicide the next time? Can I handle this all over again? Does anyone know of a specialist who specializes in PPD in MA? I would like to find someone like that, so if I make the tough decision to be pregnant again, maybe I could get the help I need before hand. Maybe I should not have any more kids.

God bless all of us and those affected by this. You are not alone.  It is hard, it is heart breaking.. If you know someone with this please help them. Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
April 30, 2007, 3:13 pm CDT

melissa please contact me

Quote From: merrygirl

I have had ppd so bad. 

After  my daughter was born I knew that there was something wrong. I was paraniod, scared, depressed. I had terrible visions of bad things happening to my daughter. Let me be clear that Ioved my daughter and my visions were not about hurting her. I do not understand how people kill/hurt their children. I was so afraid and alone. I thought that if I told someone they would take my baby away. I can't stress how lonely I was. I also should mention that 9/11 happened when she was 6 weeks old and added a whole new dimention to the situation.  I finally got some meds and a got better, although I feel like it has not ever gone completely.

 I had my son 18 months ago. I knew what to expect and discussed with my OB. They offered me to be on meds during my pregnancy, but i will  not do it. The baby does not need it. I disn't want to risk his health. I had a difficult pregnancy. I had preterm labor at 30 weeks and was in the hospital for a week. I also had gestational diabetes at the same time and had to give myself insulin.  I vomitted the whole time during both pregnencies. So much so that I only gained 6 pound overall. I was depressed before the baby was born. I was on bedrest for 2 months. As soon as he was born (full term thank god) I started my meds asap. This time it was so much worse. I loved him and he was great.

  But I felt so alone, even though I knew it was going to happen and I have a great husband. I heard voices, nightmares, I would see things, like people walking by my windows at night. I was convinced DSS was coming to take my kids away ( I have no idea why, my children are well cared for and happy and I know I am a good mom), pedophiles were stalking my children. I was paranoid. I remember thinking in my bed a few times, how my children and husband would be so better off with out some one like me around them.  I contimplated suicide many times, The only thing that kept me from doing it was my beautiful babies. I did not want them to have to mourn me, or be sad. I thought about the terrible converation that would have had to be had with my 4 year old about how mommy wasn't coming back because she went up to heaven. I did not want them to think that it was their fault. I wanted to make sure I was around to protect them from life. I remember driving and actually picking trees out- the ones that would be good to crash into. I finally got some intesive help. I collapsed and went to the ER because the suicidal thoughts were so bad. They admitted me for the night. When I woke up I was being wheeled into a "crazy room". I did not like the way they treated me. Locking me in a room was not the answer. I really wish there were better ways or better people to help people like us. This whole problem is torture for me and the people who have it, and I am sure their families too. It is hard to understand if it doesn't happen to you.

I wish that there was a special PPD hospital where just these women and their families could go for treatment. I know I should have been hospitalized, but it was like being away from my children would have made it so much worse. I did not trust anyone and never really told anyone how bad it was for fear that I would be locked away with out my kids. That is really crummy. I am just now feeling like myself again. I don' t know if I will ever be over it completely. I love my children and want to have more. The only thing that stops me is the PPD. What if I can't rationalize myself out of suicide the next time? Can I handle this all over again? Does anyone know of a specialist who specializes in PPD in MA? I would like to find someone like that, so if I make the tough decision to be pregnant again, maybe I could get the help I need before hand. Maybe I should not have any more kids.

God bless all of us and those affected by this. You are not alone.  It is hard, it is heart breaking.. If you know someone with this please help them. Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know EXACTLY what you are going through i would love to talk to you i am starting a support group for ppd,I would love to chat with you. here is my email imkays2003@yahoo.com, my name is denise.
 
May 4, 2007, 11:28 am CDT

depression after a miscarriage

I just recently had a miscarriage with a D&C on April 20th,2007.  Since then I have not been able to sleep, eat, or be normal.  I cry all of the time.  I looked some information up on depression and have most of the symptoms.  I have scheduled a new appointment with a new doctor for the end of the month.  Has anyone experienced this and am I going crazy?
 
May 7, 2007, 8:28 pm CDT

You are not going crazy

Quote From: jahokomobird

I just recently had a miscarriage with a D&C on April 20th,2007.  Since then I have not been able to sleep, eat, or be normal.  I cry all of the time.  I looked some information up on depression and have most of the symptoms.  I have scheduled a new appointment with a new doctor for the end of the month.  Has anyone experienced this and am I going crazy?
I had PPD after my miscarriage.  It was worse than the PPD I had when I had all four of my children.  I also have bipolar, but my post-partum episodes were different.  I was not diagnosed then then either.
 
May 8, 2007, 2:34 pm CDT

online ppd support group

Quote From: sunshine80

I had PPD after my miscarriage.  It was worse than the PPD I had when I had all four of my children.  I also have bipolar, but my post-partum episodes were different.  I was not diagnosed then then either.
if either of you are interested in a totally confidential postpartum depression support group please email me Denise at imkays2003@yahoo.com. i am hear to lend a friendly ear,I have been through ppd for four years.every thing said in our chat is 100%confidential.I am only 29 years and i have 4 children.if you need help please contact me
 
May 9, 2007, 12:00 pm CDT

support group

Quote From: imkays2003

if either of you are interested in a totally confidential postpartum depression support group please email me Denise at imkays2003@yahoo.com. i am hear to lend a friendly ear,I have been through ppd for four years.every thing said in our chat is 100%confidential.I am only 29 years and i have 4 children.if you need help please contact me
I am thankful for the e-mail site.  I will log on a litle later.  I truly feel insane but have a doctors appointment at the end of the month to get some help...hopefully.  thanks again
 
May 9, 2007, 12:03 pm CDT

crazy

Quote From: sunshine80

I had PPD after my miscarriage.  It was worse than the PPD I had when I had all four of my children.  I also have bipolar, but my post-partum episodes were different.  I was not diagnosed then then either.
thank you so much for telling me that.  This has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced and truly feel insane.  My days are spent just trying to get to the end of the day and then sleep evades me and then it starts all over again.  I hope this does not last forever.
 
May 9, 2007, 2:19 pm CDT

please dont think you are crazy

Quote From: jahokomobird

I am thankful for the e-mail site.  I will log on a litle later.  I truly feel insane but have a doctors appointment at the end of the month to get some help...hopefully.  thanks again

you absolutely are not crazy,you are going through a massive change and your emotions cant adjust.people deal with this loss in different ways,please remember whatever you tell me through email is 100%confidential always.

 

 
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