I also crawled thru PPD w/ no prof. help
|but a little hit off my ganga pipe has proved to lift my spirits enough so I don't lose it on the kids and I can appreciate all the good stuff my day had to offer instead of dwelling on the icky stuff.
I second that one...
It was more of a "treat" thing, and I don't regularly keep it around, but it was good to have "something" make me laugh for a while once in a blue moon. I would never advocate use of any other type of recreational drug though -but that is a whole nother tangent!
Geesh I didn't drink much either (alcohol), I guess through my PPD haze I was aware enouph that alcoholism runs through my family like wild fire and I didn't need to wake up any of my genes any time soon, if they were indeed there.
Other than that, the only other outside remedy I took was bach's rescue remedy. when I felt I could no longer keep an anxiety attack under wraps any longer.
I spent many a nights chatting online with my best friend who had gone through PPD for a year after her second was born. Someone who had "btdt" made me feel so much less crazy for a while and kept me laughing, and listened patiently to me rant and wail about almost anything. LOL she still listens patiently to me rant and wail about anything. getting stuff off your chest, even if it is trivial and small ("I havn'et mopped my floor in a month, it looks disgusting, think Dh would ever think to do something about it?") can be a breath of fresh air.
SPeaking of fresh air. I hated going outside to get that theraputic fresh air. As if I would be exposing my pain for the whole world to see. I always though of excuses to not go (I'm tired, the kids are ready for a nap anyways, it looks like it is going to rain soon, I look awful I'll never get a shower in today, etc) BUt I would be glad when I did, even if for ten-fifteen minutes out of the whole hum-drum day. Something about fresh O2.
And, I think I would like to say to the original poster here, that breastfeeding is about the best thing you can do. I get all "
: when I hear moms say they had to quit breastfeeding in order to take depression meds and 1. that was not necessary to begin with and 2. Breastfeeding stimulates that feelgood oxytocinand prolactin. We get a boost when we breastfeed! It was the best thing I did for myself in regards to PPD.