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#31 of 36 Old 01-15-2010, 04:13 AM
 
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Wow, I'm so glad for this thread. I've definitely been dealing with some PPA this time around (babe is 15 mos). I had a placental abruption followed by an emergency c-section and I can't believe I didn't make the connection between the two until I read your post, Catters.

Mine manifests mainly as irrational fears about my family's safety, and I've also had some intermittent problems with racing thoughts and grinding my teeth in my sleep. And lately I've had some pretty serious nightmares, which is something I've never had a problem with, so think it's related. Overall though, my symptoms are pretty mild and I find that if I'm getting regular sleep and exercise it pretty much eliminates the problems. I had a flare-up recently though when my baby went through a bad teething spell and was getting up a lot in the night.

Hugs to all you mamas.

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I've also had some intermittent problems with racing thoughts and grinding my teeth in my sleep.
yeah that started for me this week. I also get such bad knots in my stomach I got to the point I can just eat plain white bread and brown rice with yogurt.. it comes and goes.. at the moment its not too bad but the weekend was really rough for me.

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I believe the OP is in the UK and access to HCP's (especially specialists) there often isn't as easy as calling and saying "I need to get in earlier."
In that regard, we in the US are somewhat spoiled.
Actually in the UK they are legally obliged to get you in with a GP within 48hrs and if you want to see your named doctor within 5 days. How this is implemented varies from practice to practice and it doesn't apply to specialists, which you need referral to, but even then, because it's all one system, the GP has ways of making things happen, which does include the ability to see a psychiatrist the same day without admitting you to hospital.

When I had PPD in the UK, when we finally realised there was a problem, I was able to see my GP the next day.

This episode started in pregnancy and had a much slower slide into it, so I got a recommendation for a psychiatrist and made an appointment, which was about 6 weeks out, in the mean time I slipped further and decided I needed to start meds ASAP, it was pretty hard for me to convince the receptionist at my primary care doctor that I needed an emergency appointment.

I've had a rough time this time, not responding to meds, I'm happy at this stage that I'm getting treatment that I wouldn't be getting in the UK, but I wonder if it would have even got to this point, had I been in the UK, I'd have gone into a mother and baby unit and possibly stayed for a month or more. Here, with no such thing and mental health wards being very different places from the UK, I was constantly fighting to stay out of hospital because hospital here would be a fast turn around attempt to stabilise you whilst also separating you from your baby.

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I had late onset PPA/D (around 8-9 months) that was further complicated by thyroid issues. I was having some pretty severe insomnia issues, waking in the middle of the night to worry about pretty much anything, even things I could logically talk myself through would still keep reappearing. I was able to ID the thyroid though some good guesses about both my hair falling out (for a second time!) and having serious memory and brain fog issues. These issues mostly resolved with thyroid meds (that too takes time), but I wasn't able to kick the anxiety with just my thyroid meds. This was further complicated with an insurance move that allowed me to "hide" the extent of the anxiety as I changed primary care and OBGYN physicians.

Eventually (about 10 weeks later) I went on Celexa - an antidepressant known for helping anxiety as well. It gave me my life back within a couple of weeks and continued to help as I recovered from the physical and emotional wreck I had become by my child's first birthday. My only regret was strenuously resisting PPD meds when I first found the thyroid stuff. I needed it then, but I was so worried about breastfeeding that I wouldn't consider it. Turns out that a lot of these older PPD meds are ok - not great but not awful - for breastfeeding. I was able to breastfeed well past 18 months. Now, a year later, I'm weaning off of Celexa and doing pretty well.

I think it is really important to be honest about your current condition, your anxiety triggers, and your coping mechanisms for anxiety. I tried to deny PPD on the basis that I was more anxious than depressed. I've come to realize is that I've always trended towards an anxious type of depression but was able to do a lot more self care and coping when I was childless. To deal with anxiety, I would make lists and buckle down to get things taken care of while augmenting with things like an hour yoga class daily, etc. While I was ok with the unpredictability of my new child, I wasn't doing well with the unpredictability of everything else in my world. Even with the best husband and support, I couldn't cope enough. Meds were essential to get me back up to a stabalized point where I could learn some new self coping mechanisms and become the parent I really wanted to be to my son.

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I had anxiety and irritability after my baby was born and my naturalpath doc wanted me to try taking essential amino acids...you could look into that...good luck!
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I've started using the bach rescue remedy, I also am making more of an effort to get sleep (even if that means going to bed at 7pm) and exercising everyday- even if its just a 30 min walk or exercise video..

So far its helping mostly but I still have strong attacks now and then. . . but at least its something.

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