wow- i wish i could attend a support group like what u have described. that would be so good- i wouldnt feel like such a freak!! so u have heard other women say similar stuff to what i described in my previous post??? i honestly thought i was going mad- getting schizophrenia or bipolar or something crazy. and then i thought that my partner would leave me because im such a psycho and then i had all those awful thoughts.... it was like a snow ball effect. sleep deprivation was the worst- and it wasnt the baby keeping me up- it was the constant chatter in my head!!! was like a mouse on a wheel going a hundred miles an hour in my brain. i could not switch off. terrible.
but now with cymbalta i enjoy life with my little girl and partner so much. that drug is a miracle. i should be working for that company selling the stuff i talk about how much i love it all the time!!!
so do u have any tips/advice/words of encouragement you have gained from the support group you attend that you could share with me? i would love some knowledge to enlighten me on the whole thing. recovery success rates?? success stories??? anything.
Hun, I have DEFINATLEY heard stories of women going through EXACTLY what you described above!! And there is only 10 women in my support group, so that's saying something!! The sleep deprivation/chatter in your head/snowballing/catastrophising is all really common in PND, really really common! So you are normal (for want of a better word) considering the illness that you had
Are you seeing anyone for counselling? The one thing I have gleaned from my course/support group is that medication is great, but it will only get you so far - and you need the counselling and therapy component too to make a real difference in your recovery. How they described it was that medication gets you back up to a certain point where you are comfortable and functioning, but you need the counselling to change your thought processes/and to debrief about your experiences, otherwise it may all start snowballing again once you are off meds - hope that makes sense??
My psych told me that recovery rates from PND are extremely high, with most women being nearly completely recovered within 2 years of bubs arrival - but that also depends on whether they suffered with depression/anxiety before having kids - as that can still recur. He said that the main thing to focus on is changing your pattern of thinking so that you can recognise the signs really early and seek proactive help As far as success rates go, in my group of 10 women, 7 have been admitted to a mother/baby unit for treatment for PND and of those 7, 5 are now at home and doing much better!!