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Posted by: sharmank | 2011/01/30

severe depression

hi,

i have seen a psychologist and apparently i have severe depression,i am going to be admitted for the whole week,i seem to a problem of being away from my son,he is just a year,i have never been away from him more than 24 hrs,what am i to do? cant i be an out patient?it is so hard for me i have never slept without him and we co-slept since he was born.any suggestions.

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You need to discuss this with your shrink, to understand why he thinks you need a week in hospital. Usually with depression, it can be treated as a outpatient, with medication and CBT type counselling. Your boy will probably manage fine while you're in hospital ( and will benefit from getting back a happier mom ) so long as there is someone else to care for him in the meantime. It sounds as thouh the problem is more that you are expecting to fel separation anxiety about being separated from him, than the other way round - and maybe this is an issue worth dealing with in its own right. Becoming TOO attached to a child is not very good for either of you.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/01/30

You need to discuss this with your shrink, to understand why he thinks you need a week in hospital. Usually with depression, it can be treated as a outpatient, with medication and CBT type counselling. Your boy will probably manage fine while you're in hospital ( and will benefit from getting back a happier mom ) so long as there is someone else to care for him in the meantime. It sounds as thouh the problem is more that you are expecting to fel separation anxiety about being separated from him, than the other way round - and maybe this is an issue worth dealing with in its own right. Becoming TOO attached to a child is not very good for either of you.

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