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#1 of 5 Old 04-01-2007, 12:06 AM - Thread Starter
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I am wondering if I am dealing with PPD? If I don't have something to do, anything, I will become incredibly anxious with heart palpatations/sweating/diarreah/sleeplessness. I have to keep myself busy by doing anything, even scrubbing the corners of the house... My newest symptom is severely missing my son when he is napping or if I run to the store w/o him.

my son is 8 weeks old, born via unplanned c-section.


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#2 of 5 Old 04-02-2007, 01:21 AM
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I don't know. I don't even know what I have.

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It sounds like you are trying to keep very busy. Do you think you may be avoiding thinking about your c-section? That could also explain being overly worried about being away from your son. I wouldn't call it ppd just yet but I would try to make peace with having had a birth experience you didn't plan for.

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Anxiety is definitely a large component of my PPD/PTSD. I think different people manifest depression in different ways--for some it is endless crying and dark thoughts, for others ever-present apathy and lack of energy/motivation, for others anxiety and panic.

Take care of yourself, keep an "eye" on your symptoms, and remember that there are lots of women here who are always available for support.

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I don't know if it's considered a symptom of PPD but I had the same feelings after my children were born. My last child was very difficult, never sleep early on, very colicky, got sick a lot, etc. She was very hard all the time but even when I left the house for a bit I would miss her terribly even though she was a tough child to deal with. I also stayed so busy caring for her when she needed me that when I had a spare moment I definitely did not know what to do with myself and would become anxious. So I did a LOT of walking back then. I would put her in her stroller and walk her around the neighborhood. But I also had PPD in other ways as far as being extremely moody and depressed so it was all compounded. I wasn't on any drugs back then either.

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