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#16 Em-Jay

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE(kokochanel @ Jul 10 2010, 08:24 PM) View Post

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 smile.gif

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 smile.gif 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!!
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#17 kokochanel

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:59 PM

wow- ti think i was the ONLY one!! its funny- when you are at your lowest and in the bottom of the big black well, it feels like you are the only one there, despite being told how common PND is and seeing it on the tele every now and then.

i am seeing a psychologist who has a special interest in anxiety/phobias. she is fantastic. has helped me put things into perspective. and i told her everything that was going on in my head and she has been able to tell me why i think these things and what i can do to stop thinking them. she also gave me techniques to help me relax, as i am such a worry wart. i have one more appointment with her. she recommended only 3 sessions. and i regulaly see my GP for help. my friends have been the best, and my partner is sensational. i have thought about going to see a regular councellor. but i dont know if they would really be able to help me much???

so the other mums in your group mmust have been pretty bad considering they required hospitalisation?or atleast checking into a facility for advanced help. all my mummy friends have had perfect pregnancy/baby rearing stories so i dont get to hear about when things go wrong. thats why im intrigued and keep asking questions!!
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:27 PM

Hi Koko

Sorry I didn't see your post before. I'm sorry you've had such an awful experience. It's awful to have this tarnishing the joy of having a baby.

I had Henry is September 2008. I had previously suffered with anxiety, but had it under control after counselling. Henry was six weeks early, so that was the first sign. He was in special care for a couple of weeks, and when I got to take him home I became a control freak. I really didn't like anyone else holding him. I didn't want to leave him, and felt like I was being a bad mother if I did.

I started getting the signals firstly in the January after he was born, which coincided with my Grandad getting really ill. He passed away in the March and things really went downhill from there. I became really angry, depressed, anxious. I was frequently having anxiety attacks and was a horrid person. I didn't like who I had become at all.

Rock bottom came the day before my birthday where I laid on the bath mat sobbing and I realised that I needed help. It took some courage to get there and I started on Cymbalta a couple of weeks before Henry's first birthday. It's leading up to his second now, and my counsellor and GP agree that I should stay on them for a little bit longer. I'm starting out in a new career and this might be a bit anxiety-inducing, so it's probably best to see how I go, and then start to wean myself off.

I'm a bit nervous about it happening again, but next time I won't be nervous about going to get help. I'd jump on it straight away because I'm not ashamed anymore.

Sending you lots of love xx

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 06:52 PM

hi SEA- thanks for your reply. im so intrigued with other peoples experiences with PND. there is such a variety of experiences, but it seems the general theme is severe anxiety and a need to control the situation. also paranoia seems to be a common theme.
depression for me was being unable to sleep well, thoughts of my husband leaving cos im not good enough and hiding myself from my husband. lack of libido too. not to mention the thought of ending my life to stop the awful situation that was unfolding.

i saw my gp today and she is so happy with my progress. i have responded so well to the medicine. i asked her how long she wants me to take it for and she said at least 1 year. i want another baby, so i will try and come clean of it, have another bub and then go back on it when i start seeing the "signs". i know i will crash again- its in my genes and i am that kind of person- very high strung!

you will have to let me know your plan of attack for weaning yourself on the tablets when the time comes. i am so worried about weaning- ive heard all the horror stories and seen the groups on facebook devoted to alerting the FB community how hard it is to get off the drug. i even saw one called "cymbalta will kill you"!! arrrhhhhh!!!
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 10:13 AM

Try not to read so much! I am on a different medication and I did read up on it first and it seemed that everybody had such AWFUL side effects - but in actual fact I hardly had any smile.gif So it may not happen to you!

Could you talk to your Dr about the possibility of weaning off cymbalta onto a more 'pregnancy friendly' type of medication as there are a few out there smile.gif
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

haha- that is exactly what my fiance says- "stop reading so much about it" thats funny laugh.gif i think it is apart of being a control freak!! !! ph34r.gif

there is a pregnancy friendly alternative- effexor- that i could go on. but i like my one so much!!!

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