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Posted by: Aletta | 2008/07/08

Postnatal depression or not?

Hi, my baby is now 5 months old. Some days I feel that I'm not coping and that work, home, baby and husband are just too much things to handle. Other days I'm feeling fine and are coping. I don't really feel like having sex and never climax anymore. I'm still breastfeeding. Now I'm wondering if I must go on anti-depressants and if I really need them. I have a history of depression and want to attend to this feelings before it may get worse. I get a lot of help from my husband but still feels like I have to have everything under control, all the time. What anti-depressants is there to use while I'm breastfeeding? Is it as effective? Please give me advice!
Thanx!!

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Hi Aletta,
You don't mention whether this is your first baby, but having ANY baby is both a joy and more work and effort than one expects, and can be stressful and tiring. In addition, some women develop PND, a post-natal depression which can undermine their ability to cope with these challenges. It would be best to see a good local psychiatrist for a full in-person assessment of the extent to which you are tired, and could respond well to a planned increase of rest, with some help from oythers ; and to what extent there may be some Depression, and if so, whether an antidepressant would be wise, and if so, which should be chosen in view of your breast-feeding. These are not easy questions and depend on the results of many aspects of the assessment, and not suitable for a quick easy answer online. Antidepressants are effective in PND, and also there is CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which can be very effective as a treatment for Depression, and enhances your coping skills broadly and lastingly.

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Posted by: lisa | 2008/07/08

hi, i suffered severely with PND - and the the the psyciatrist prescribed anti-depressants, was my saving grace! get help soon, and you will feel your old self again. remember to take some me-time - you need to be well rested to be a good mommy. good luck. Lisa

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