BirdHappy; Hugs mama, and dont let the depression get to severe after the baby comes. Zoloft is prescribed to many breastfeeding mothers for PPD. They like pregnant women to wean off antidepressants before delivery so the baby doesnt have withdrawls and then start again after birth, but its not always the case depending on the mothers condition, and severity of depression. Some women stay on them their entire pregnancy. Its up to you what you want to do. Take care of yourself and dont let those insurance companies boss you around. Appeal the decision if they deny your benefits.
Lydiah and birdhappy85, I'm so sorry you're both having such a rough time. Lydiah, if you know you are in for a rough time tapering off steroids, I would do literally whatever it takes to ease that. If that's a higher dose of meds, so be it. It sounds like they might just need to be higher during the weaning process? I like your approach of "keeping yourself comfortable." I've known many people who have taken steroids--including my husband--and they have all had a pretty brutal time both on them and weaning from them. I hope you are noticing more improvement and are overall starting to feel better.
And birdhappy, mental health is the final frontier with medicine, I'm sure of it. That and geriatrics, maybe--2 (huge) segments of the population who are forgotten and belittled. I don't know how you convince someone that you CANNOT work while your anxiety and depression are flaring like that. I work for the HOSPITAL and my therapist, who works at the same hospital, agreed with me that I shouldn't tell my bosses; even though they have a campaign to "support mental health in the workplace and address the needs of employees with mental illness." Are you filing an appeal? Is that even possible? Did you quit your job or take sick leave? How are things today?
Hi Surfacing. I had a bit of a setback a couple of days ago, because I had a specialist appontment for my now 6-cm ovarian cyst. She said she "highly doubts it's cancer, but can't be certain until she sees it in a jar." So she wants another ultrasound and I will probably be scheduled for surgery. BIG trigger for me; although I've known about the appointment for 4 MONTHS (that's how long it takes here) and with the medication, I was really okay until about 2 days before. I know without medication, the upcoming appointment would have ruined my summer. So I guess that's progress.
As for school, I'm planning to take courses this fall, too. I don't know what to say about memory. What meds are you on? I haven't found that particular side effect with clomipramine. I would at least give it a try with school. You might be surprised. I know for me, anxiety really killed by academic potential way back when. Memory loss can at least be worked around somewhat. Hope to hear updates from the mamas soon. My heart is with you all, brave ladies!
i have the excact same thing as you,,i have been diagnose with ocd,,i have obsissive horrible intrusive thoughts that i cannot control and its absolutley horrifying for me,,,i would never harm or hurt my kids EVER but i am scared i will one day,,im scared i will get so depressed and juss do something horrible,,ALTHOUGH I KNOW I NEVER WOULD DO IT,,i have thoughts that i will i think its absolutley DISGUSTING TERRIBLE TRAGIC SPIT IN THEIR FACES DIGUSTING to women who off their kids,,so WHY DO I HAVE THESE thoughts,,i have been to many mental professionals and have been assured me and my kids are safe,,but i also have the fears that my kids are terminally ill whe they juss complain of a headache or tummy ache in my mind i swear its a tumor or cancer and i spiral DOWN FAST..i am in the same boat as you,,
please join my facebook page Mothers Helping Mothers with Mental Illness,,i created it for this sole purpose....i suffer anxiety and depression and its crippling and debilitating for me,,i have four kids pregnant with my fourth,,i am hoping we can do there what we are doing here,,not to sure how well it will turn out as its facebook and very public,,i mean this forum is good but some of its really outdated from years ago,,posts that were made years ago that i want to reply too but unsure the women even use this website anymore..i hope you will join me there for topics to inspire hope that we will get better and that we are not alone we can do this together..