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I have been looking for any articles written on PPD in Mothering and have only found in the index section many letters to the editor. I guess you have to order copies of the issues in order to even read those.<br><br>
I am currently 15 mths post partum and have gone through a horrible post partum depression. My symptoms where anxiety, panic attacks and depersonalization that went on 24/7.<br><br>
I am now a moderator on a support web site and am feeling pretty much back to myself. I take 100mg Zoloft and have many self care things that I do to help myself.<br><br>
If you are new with PPD, it is very treatable and you will get better. It's a drag, it awful, and it can take time, but there is a beginning, middle and END!!!<br><br>
I'm glad that there is a place to go to here to talk about this very common illness!<br><br>
Carla<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I can't remember any articles in Mothering in the last year or two, but I have a really bad memory, so that doesn't mean they weren't there.<br><br>
Thanks for your post, Carla. PPD is often somewhat of a mystery. Mine started much line yours, with anxiety about my health, around the time my ds2 turned a year. I have always been a bit of a worrier and didn't notice that the anxiety had stepped out of normal bounds. Then early the summer of 2002 I began having what I now know are panic attacks -- complete with heart palpitations, racing heart, sweating, rapid breathing -- you know, all those common symptoms of a heart attack. My internist hooked me up to an ekg and pronounced me normal. She had me wear a holter which caught a major panic attack, but she continued to tell I was normal, even though I knew I wasn't.<br><br>
This went on and on all last summer with my doctor telling me that I was a hypochondriac and there was nothing wrong with me. I continued to lose weight, have heart symptoms, nausea, fatigue that was overwhelming. I couldn't care for my kids, I couldn't even get out of bed some days. My doctor continued to ignore my pleas for help. I was constantly worried that my children would wake up in the mornings to find me dead in bed. The anxiety was awful. Then finally, one year ago this Thursday, my dh realized that I wasn't going to get the help I needed from my doctor and he took me to the ER. I was thankful that they would finally find out what was wrong with me. I was sure I had some illness that just wasn't being diagnosed. Well, turns out I was right, but it wasn't what I expected. The ER doctor knew right away that I was suffering from depression and anxiety and admitted me to the hospital where I was put on an ssri and an anti-anxiety med and started the road back up. I stayed for six days and have never regretted it. I was so bad at that point that I needed to be away from my responsibilities for a while to start physically getting back to normal.<br><br>
PPD can affect people in so many different ways and start at so many different times that it is good to have resources such as these to look at the experiences of others to see if any of them "fit" so to speak.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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