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Okay, so I just don't know when to medicate?  I know last time I wish I had sought help sooner.  But I am terrified of going on an SSRI again only because of the withdrawal I experienced when I had to get off of it abruptly 19 months ago (found out we were pregnant).  My new dd is 10 months old, here are some symptoms I am having.

 

anxiety:  just not being able to deal with things rationally.  I share custody of my son with my ex-husband. I am not able to move past stressful situations that come up.  I can't sleep when there is conflict.

 

almost having panic attacks, but not full-blown yet.  Just that wave that comes over when one is about to come on.  I have a terrible fear that my children will be snatched from me,so a simple trip to the store is extremely anxiety inducing,  or that we will be murdered in our home.  So if DH is gone in the night I am in a state of anxiety.   I can't shake it.  Breathing isn't helping...maybe actual paranoia with anxiety here?  Sigh.

 

Irritability and being overwhelmed:  I remember this was a common thread from last time.  I begin the day with my stress-level already met.  I do have three children and we homeschool. But I can literally lay down for a few hours in the day, no one cares if the house is messy...so it is literally quite all in my head.  I don't want to be the  mama that gets mad about everything again :(

 

It *seems* I could benefit from some help...it doesn't seem as bad as it was with my second child...but it isn't getting any better.  I try rescue remedy, and chamomile tea.  They help a little...but not enough. Also, we were at the point where we wanted to start not preventing another pregnancy.  I don't seem to have these struggles during pregnancy, which is good, but man oh man, coming off of an SSRI is one of the worst things to go through.  What about SSRI's and milk supply?    I don't know what I am asking...any similar experiences or thoughts from you all?

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:Hug I don't think there's anything wrong with going and talking to your doctor if you trust them. Let them know what's on and make that decision together. Even if you decide to hold off on meds for the moment there may be a time you decide you need them and need them now and that conversation will already be open with your doctor and it'll hopefully mean you can get the help you need faster. 

I applaud you for recognizing your needs, what lucky children you have to have such an awesome mom! 

One small thing that I know works for me in regards to anxiety and panic attacks is high dose Vit D (I take 3000-4000 IUI regularly although sometimes I think I need to go higher. You do need to be aware however not to go too high as it is a fat soluble vitamin). I try and remember to take it daily but the odd time I forget and if I go just over a week without it then I start to get those feelings again!

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I have not changed my siggy yet.  No longer pregnant.  What about success with St Johns?  I was thinking of trying this first, with a back up of anti-anxiety for extreme situations?

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:Hug I don't think there's anything wrong with going and talking to your doctor if you trust them. Let them know what's on and make that decision together. Even if you decide to hold off on meds for the moment there may be a time you decide you need them and need them now and that conversation will already be open with your doctor and it'll hopefully mean you can get the help you need faster. 

I applaud you for recognizing your needs, what lucky children you have to have such an awesome mom! 

One small thing that I know works for me in regards to anxiety and panic attacks is high dose Vit D (I take 3000-4000 IUI regularly although sometimes I think I need to go higher. You do need to be aware however not to go too high as it is a fat soluble vitamin). I try and remember to take it daily but the odd time I forget and if I go just over a week without it then I start to get those feelings again!

 

Thank you for your reply.  I actually went to my Dr two weeks ago to just have a discussion about what was going on, and to get my levels checked.  I am vit d deficient.  Does FCLO provide enough D or should I be taking another supplement as well?  Yes, you nailed it, when my diet is lacking, the anxiety gets much worse.

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Valerian seemed to be calming, but I read a lot of negative about that when breastfeeding.  What about cannabis in tincture form while breastfeeding.  We live in Washington state.  I am not sure if it would help anxiety or make it worse?

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Jojobean I'm in the same boat here.. This started out of nowhere 10 days ago.. I'm terrified.. I also went though bad med withdrawal it was hell on earth.. I keep having the horrible hits of adrenaline..'no period yet and still bf at 6 months pp.. So scared , no where to turn
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How are you doing now? I went to the er cause it felt like I had a cyst.. They saw fluid so i think it burst.. I also stopped caffeine cold turkey about 1 week ago.. I'm a mess.. My bloodwork was perfect
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Sorry I haven't been back here in a while!  Well, things went up and down and my AF returned this month....w.o.w.  Things are getting worse.  I have been moodier, snappier, feeling like I am completely stressed right when I wake up.  I found this old thread  http://www.mothering.com/community/t/195601/a-true-natural-remedy/60

 

and I am trying some of the things listed there. My bloodwork came back fine.  So today I bought L-tyrosene, L-tryptophan, GABA, Inositol, SAM-E, ST Johns Wort.  I will be taking a combo of these at first.  I can't afford an testing, or any other supplements at this time.  I do have fish oils, CLO, my own placenta pills, and dessicated liver pills I made myself (our neighbors gifted us two grass-fed beef livers.  I dried and powdered one, and have enough liver pills for TWO years!)

 

How is everyone...anything helping?


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