Our expert says:
I wouldn't think immediately of an antidepressant. They can help someone with a true chemically related depression, but obviousl they don't change circumstances which you find upsetting. You don't mention whether you are breast-feeding, but that would be relevant if you were thinking of using an antidepressant, as some such chemicals can get included in breast milk, and that might not be best for the baby.
Your experience raises the issue of whether there may not be a down-side to maternity leave, if it encourages a mother to become so dependent on being close to her baby that she feels very upset evan at the prospect of returning to work and not being with the child 24/7.
You would be far more helped by seeing an experienced counselor or psychologist, to better understand what is happening, why it upsets you, and how best to deal with this.
You need expert help to think this through - WHY do you feel anxious and sad ( crying is usually about sadness, not only anxiety ) at the thought of leaving the child to be cared for by someone else for a few hours a day ? Don't you trust the other person ? Do you really think the child would come to harm ? Or are you perhaps more fearful of going back out into the world on your own, returning to work, and YOU being without the comforting presence of the baby for some hours a day ?
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