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I also suffered from severe PPD with my son (he's 5 now) that went untreated for, like, 2 years, and I don't know you from Eve but I'm sooo glad you've found some ways to get help sooner than that. My 2nd is 10 days old now, and DH, doula and midwives are all keeping an eagle eye out with me for symptoms of PPD popping up again.
Some useful things I know now that I didn't know then:
Anemia (even "borderline" anemia, which is what I have), hypoglycemia or inadequate protein intake, thyroid problems, inadequate exposure to natural light, exhaustion and B vitamin deficiencies can ALL produce the same symptoms as depression.
Sometimes, no, often, very fussy babies benefit from going to a chiropractor and being adjusted. No shit. Make sure it's a chiropractor who treats lots of babies and kids.
As someone said above, if getting stuff done would help you feel better, break it down into baby steps and don't let yourself feel you "have" to finish something: "I will stack the plates and bowls and then if I want to quit doing the dishes, I will."
And finally, I too am having to learn that taking care of myself has to be the first priority if I'm going to be able to help take care of my kids. I know how hard it is to unlearn all the sacrificial crap our culture programs into us as mothers. I'm not the huggin' type but I wish I could give you a warm smile when I say to you that you and I and every other parent deserves to have support and help and to take care of themselves.
Congratulations on starting to get better!