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PPD when my son is 17 months...is that possible?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

I am new to this forum. I have a daughter that is almost 3 and son that is 17 months. Every since my son has been born I have had anxiety, stress, a little bit of OCD and I don't even know what else. I do think my symptoms are worse in the morning after coffee, but I'm not sure what to do (besides not have coffee b/c I think it worsens anxiety). Anyways, I've been feeling like this since he was born and I was just thinking it would go away, but it hasn't. I just took that quiz on here and I scored very high. Some days I don't feel like getting dressed, I have no time to myself, I'm feeling to lazy and tired to work-out. Some days I'm okay and then I think I'm okay and then other days I snap at the kids so much and I'm a wreak. I'm on the pill which I just recently switched to see if that would help. Any thoughts on this?
post #2 of 14
It is possible. I was diagnosed with PPD when DD was 18 months old.
post #3 of 14
I was diagnosed with ppd when my son was 18 months. I went on meds because my anxiety got so bad I had a panic attack.

I highly recommend talking to a psychiatrist...they will help you work through your issues of anxiety.

Don't be afraid to get help or even try meds. PPD is an illness just like any other illness. Sometimes, it helps to try meds with prolonged cases.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick responses. What is the first step to getting help. For some reason I'm embarrased to talk to my DR about this. Would I talk to my OB or regular DR or just find a therapist on my own?
post #5 of 14
I'm bipolar but my depression didn't come around until my daughter was about 15 or 16 months, and i wasn't treated until she was 18 months
post #6 of 14
Yes!
post #7 of 14
At 18 months, I'd see whichever dr I can get to first. (I'd be afraid of chickening out or changing my mind.) Both should be able to start you on meds and or recommend a therapist or support group.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by nikandbud View Post
Thanks for the quick responses. What is the first step to getting help. For some reason I'm embarrased to talk to my DR about this. Would I talk to my OB or regular DR or just find a therapist on my own?
Call your OB and ask for a referral to a therapist, or you can go to www.postpartum.net. Did you OB screen you for PPD after the baby was born? They are supposed to. You can make an appt. and go in and talk to them about meds, and then start therapy. Or you can start therapy first. Whichever you like and feel most comfortable with.
post #9 of 14
Yes it is possible and some people don't even start having signs or symptoms until they have begun weaning.. Talk to a doctor it sounds like you and the kids could be suffering

Good luck you can feel better:
post #10 of 14
I have had PPD since my son was born, and he is 20 months old now.
post #11 of 14
I just wanted to add in that being on the pill made me very depressed. I had not suffered from depression since I was 15, and when I went on the pill for a short time at 21 it put me right back in that horrible place. Just a thought.
post #12 of 14
The pill (birth control) makes me crazy. Literally. Before I was even diagnosed Bipolar, I couldn't take the pill I was very **tchy, and my anxiety was up. I had been through one depression and had not yet had a manic episode. I went off of them after about 8 months and 3 months or so later was "recovered" and a better person. And I thankfully avoided them after that.
post #13 of 14
I don't think it's uncommon to feel this way.
There are other possibilities which mimic depression, anxiety, and anger.

Thyroid dysfunction and Andreanal dysfunction both look like depression -days I can not force myself to get dressed, get up, much less feed my kids sort of feeling.

I really suggest making sure you get the right diagnosis. Anti-depression and anxiety meds are psychotrophics and alter your thinking, who you think you are and how you feel. Some people are okay with these effects and others are not.

Julia Ross has 2 books both similar in content -- The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure. Both discuss thyroid, depression and other things as I said the content is similar. Look at your local library for a copy and take time to read it.

I realized I wasn't depressed, I had hypothyroidism symtpoms. I started the supplement treatment cautiously outlined in the book and in about 45 days I felt much better. It took long b/c I really needed prescription meds, but was pregnant and using a non-licensed midwife. I did finally get thyroid medication and then it took about 18 months to finally feel better the majority of the time.

FWIW - Someone with adreanal fatigue is going to feel the effects of caffine from coffee like anxiety. Their system just can not handle the stress.

Nutrition is a biggie as well and it is hard the more children you have to take care of yourself. Vit D deficiency can cause depression. Iron deficiency can cause fatigue. Magnesium and the B vitamins are all good for mood. It takes months on supplements to really feel the effects, but for me it was worth it.
post #14 of 14
I was in a simiilar boat until I started taking iron and making sure I got better sleep, that helped some, then I totally stumbled on a homeopathic remedy called ignatius amari (I hope I'm not butchering that spelling) and it has wiped our 95% of the tension in my mind.

Maybe its time to try some homepathic remedies??
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