- Started by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2021
Hello, my first time here. I have a little girl, 9 months old. I'm a FTM and have been struggling with coming to grips with that. I tend to put alot of pressure on myself and am generally self aware and able to cope well. However, since my daughter was born, I've felt a huge increase in anxiety, low mood, irritability and rage (which is directed to my partner). I can't seem to control my emotions no matter how hard I try. I've had counselling sessions and have benefited from them in the moment and immediately afterwards but can't seem to transfer the learning to real life.
I'm also sleep deprived as my daughter only wants to sleep with me and won't go into her cot anymore. We are co sleeping and I have no evening to unwind. My concentration is so poor.
The counsellor suggested that medication might be a good option and I linked in with a doctor from my maternity hospital who suggested sertraline as I'm still breastfeeding.
I'd love to hear other people's experiences of using this drug and how/ if it helped them.
Thank you so much
- Started by Anonymous on Apr 08, 2021
i am a mother of 2 children towards the end of my maternury i was diagnosed with post natal depression having asked b4 i realused this would be able to cut my days down to 3 and being told we should be qble work something it shouldnt b a prob i then got asked to put it in writtin and was declined i went on sick as my maternity had end3d and i just was not able physically or emotionaly about 2 months 3 months. i asked before i returned can my hours be cut even by a hour or so a day or even 1 or two days again told no. so i returned but obly being back 4 weeks im so fatigued on the tablets im on my children miss me loads eldest is crying because im gone till 6pm i find the days too long. i again explained this but was told again nothing can be done. it is so fustrating and upsetting as ive been nothing but truthfull and i dont dislike my job i dont know what to do :/
- Started by Carole on Apr 02, 2021
Hi, new to the page. I had my baby seven months ago. Is there such a thing, or have you experienced delayed post natal depression? Or was it there all the time and now I've just put a name on it? Notwithstanding the massive, negative impact Covid is having on my mental health, I always considered myself fiercely independent and strong minded but now, I don't recognise myself at all. I cry for no reason, any reason and I've found myself using the word anxious when this was never in my vocabulary before. I've read here that many have gone to doctors and were prescribed antidepressants however I refuse to go on them because they mask the symptoms rather than deal with the real issues. I suppose I'm wondering, how do I deal with the issues. I'm married and my husband was very understanding but now I don't think he knows what to do, or what to say. I feel that my responses to everything he does is negative and this would just not be the real me.
- Started by Grace on Mar 15, 2021
Hi I have been recently diagnosed with pnd and very much struggling with anxiety. I was commenced on lustral by gp but I reacted to this and had to stop. I have been commenced on amitripline. I was wondering has anyone had this medication and how did you find it?
- Started by Sars on Feb 25, 2021
Hi all, hope all safe and well. Sorry to bother ye just wondering has anyone been diagnosed with pnd post a traumatic event. I got covid laat may six weeks after birth of my fourth baby. I had atypical symptoms. Very weak like a paralysis or stroke and couldnt breathe. I ended up in isolation for two wks in hospital away from my family and baby who i was weaning off breast feeding. The hospital experience was hard in that i felt so scared , unknown was horrible. All was coming back fine yet i was not good. They sent a pysch into review me who advised it waa covid. Ive a nursing background which didnt help. However once i got home my mental health deteriorated. I got into a hole of tears and i trusive thoughts consumed me. I eventually went to pnd team and they have been amazing. Im.onmeds and through counselling and cbd im working on everything. Im still all over shop at times with thoughts ...I did have alot on family wise but i thought pnd ansd thoughts were towards new baby. Ive had them with the kids etc. And dark days are certainly less whatever covid did to me. Getting physical.symptoms still which could trigger alot too. So sorry this is so long. Just wondering has pnd come on people post a horrible time post birth. So sorry again for long post
- Started by A on Feb 23, 2021
My baby is now nearly 9 weeks old and I've struggled since day 3 with what I thought was baby blues. It got worse and crying every day and have been onto the councillors in the mental health Holles street since week 1.. after many weeks of counselling I decided it was best to try antidepressants as I was not feeling happy and like myself anymore
I'm on sertraline now 50mg one week.. anyone else with similar experiences or on the same with similar and positive outcomes?
- Started by Anne on Feb 21, 2021
Hi. I am a mum to two amazing little girls, aged 2 and 5 months. I'm struggling at the moment and wonder if maybe I might have postnatal depression. My birth went fine and all was fantastic. I'm finding things very hard as my 5 month old is a bad sleeper. We started weaning at 4 months under the advice of my PHN. That's going fine but the baby goes down at night fine, but wakes all through the night for hours sometimes not going back to sleep at all. We give a feed if shes hungry but a lot of the time she doesn't want a feed. We are both exhausted. With covid obviously my 2 year old is home with us so it's a full busy house and theres just no break. We dont have any outside support mainly due to covid restrictions. My husband is due to return to work shortly and I'm afraid I wont cope with the 2 smallies on my own. I also have 2 step children who are here every 2nd wk due to schools being closed so we are home schooling as well. That coupled with a serious lack of sleep is just not helping. My husband is very supportive and hands on but I feel like I'm sinking. I'm teary a lot, I've no interest at all in a physical relationship with my husband and its causing problems. Anybody have similar feelings? I'm really not sure what to do.
- Started by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2021
I wonder if anyone can help. I’m looking for someone to help me out with my baby during the day as I have pnd & im struggling to cope with her. She’s a beautiful baby girl (4 months old) but she has reflux & is teething & it’s all too much for me. I find myself dreading the morning because I’m not sure how I’ll get through another day. My partner is great but he needs to work. If you know somewhere I can find someone who would be willing to help for a few weeks/months then please let me know.
- Started by ALICE on Feb 20, 2021
I feel a bit guilty about being on here after so long I have 3 girls I had terible health anxiety after my first two and thought every bump lump and odd looking freckle was cancer. This forum literally saved my life it was Such a support and I got through two years by being on it and listening to great advice and support.
I recently went for my first smear after my last baby and doc said my cervix looked great perfectly normal she saw a small polyp just at neck of cervix and therefore referred me straight to colpolscopy unit in the city just to get it removed. She said just a minor thing they are benign not cancerous growths not to be
concerned at all as she definately wasn't - just better to get these things early and do something about it when given the chance. She just did a referral letter there and then to colpolscopy as no matter what results come back from the smear I need to get this minor procedure done anyways. So whatever letter comes to me first my smear results or appointment for colpolscopy il definaely be having a procedure no matter what the smear results say.
The old anxious feelings and thoughts are back now tripple fold I've cervical cancer, the Dr was just being nice and just didnt want to alarm me - but I definately have it - sure look at Vicky Phelan all the wrongdoings done there,'
I'm nauseous can't sleep so guilty when with the kids as I'm short tempered worrying thinking I'm so frightened to leave them,
Did anyone else have these polyps discovered on their smear?
Could a smear test results show up normal results even with a polyp?
I've a couple of weeks to wait and I don't know how il cope waiting?
Thank you so much for listening again, such a relief to talk about it in this open forum where I don't feel I'm going crazy
- Started by Year13student on Feb 21, 2021
Hello, I'm currently doing a research project on whether the mode of delivery has an impact on the development of PND. I'm really struggling to find any statistics and numbers to back up my points! it would be really helpful if anyone who has suffered from PND could complete my survey. it only takes 1 minute. Thankyou!