Posted by: Depro mommy | 2009/01/19

Best meds for depression

Dear Doc
Please help me. I am 31 years old and have a two year old and a 5 month old baby.
I am quite depressed (very much actually). Friends and family are saying that they are worried and I must admit I am also worried.
I took the test on this site and it said that I am clinically depressed. The stress test also said that I am anxious and that me health will suffer (it is already!).

My GP prescribed Prohexal after my youngest was born, because I was feeling very low after I almost died after the C-section (uncontrolled bleeding) and struggling to keep head above water with the two small children. It was only for two months. My iron levels are fine now.

Before I fell pregnant in 2007 I was on Nuzak - so this is long time coming... ...

I think I am feeling like this because I am not getting enough sleep and have no time for myself -taking care of the little ones. Also I love my work and miss professional life and earning a nice income.
I used to have a very full life, but now I am just a incubater and milk machine!
I love my family very, very much and want to get better for their sake too.
I know this is only a phase and that it will pass - just tough getting through it feeling tired and run down.
My poor husband is also paying the price, because I have zero libido.

Furthermore I am gaining weight and this is making me even more sad and depressed!!! I think it is because I comfort eat and do not have time to excercise. I am constantly ravenous!

I understand that I need to make lifestyle changes and am in the process of doing so (join the gym, send kids to daycare 8-12).

I live in a rural town and am dependent on my GP to treat me.

What medication would you reccomend? I am still breastfeeding my little baby and do not want to stop now.
Would Nuzak, Prohexal or something else be best?

Kind regards.
Depro mommy

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You do indeed sound Depressed, and this may be a PND ( a depression arising after the birth of your first child ) which has become chronic. We vary in our response to specific antidepressants, but some also cause a loss of libido, as Depression itself does.
But also seek Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, a very effective method of counselling / psychotherapy which is dandy for Depression and many other conditions, and doesn't take very long.
Attend to the diet --- maybe seek out other things to keep in your fridge to snack on when you get the munchies, and which are not fattening.
I think Nuzak and Proxehal are the same basic antidepressant. There are many others around which may help you if this one does not ( after a month at normal levels of it ), and your own doctor should be able to suggest alternatives --- and ask for those which have generic versions ( like Prohexal and Nuzak are genercis) --- equivalent but cheaper versions.

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