I had PPD with my first, stayed on meds (Zoloft) through my 2nd pregnancy, had no problems with depression and weaned off when my 2nd was a year old. As I came off it, I really noticed an increased depth of my positive emotions, such as joy and love.
I was off meds for quite a while, but I got depressed during my 3rd pregnancy, started on Zoloft, then switched to Lexapro, my DD is now 6 months old and life is still really hard. I'm really noticing my lack of good emotions and I'm beginning to think that it's not just being depressed, but also the medications. Even when I was deeply depressed before I started on meds I would still feel good emotions, even if they were short lived, I didn't look forward to things, but when good things happened I could sometimes enjoy them, now I feel like I never can.
I remember before I came off meds last time that I would have said anything was wrong, but then when I came of meds and began to feel these things again it was so good.
I'm finding it very hard with my husband at the moment, I know these meds have an effect on libido and ability to orgasm, so it doesn't seem like a big stretch to think they'd have an effect on related things like love and pleasure. Intellectually I love my husband, but I really want to feel it!
Anne, Christian mummy to Nathanael 05/28/03, Ada 06/10/05, Grace 05/24/09