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I have a two yr old (26 mo.) and a two week old..<br>
I think I had the Baby Blues with my DS..I cried occassionally..and had severe sore, cracked, and bleeding nipples..<br>
now with DD.. went all natural with birth (had her at home-unplanned) and BF is going perfect..but also get very emotional..I'm sure it's the Baby Blues which is quite normal..<br>
I've had depression since teenage yrs and was on Prozac until I stopped taking them without notifying my Doctor..but I think I've been fine..unless I don't know about it.. (DH thinks somethings wrong with me)hm..I dunno<br>
But I wanted to know out of curiosity what the difference is between both..and how do you tell the difference?..
 

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Check out this website:<br><br><a href="http://www.postpartum.net" target="_blank">www.postpartum.net</a><br><br>
They have a self assessment survey that can give you some perspective:<br><br><a href="http://www.pndsa.co.za/ms-fc.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pndsa.co.za/ms-fc.htm</a><br><br>
Please let us know how you are doing.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think the difference between baby blues and PPD is about duration and intensity. Every mama is probably going to have the baby blues and be a bit teary for a little while. But, if that depressed feeling is highly intense and there's lots of other depressive symptoms and they last beyond several days, I think it's more litely to be PPD.<br>
Does that help? What do you need to help get yourself back on track. How can we help?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"> Chrissy
 

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I took one of those surveys..found link here in the forum..I have moderate to severe depression..but I would say it's just moderate..I feel more angry, aggravated, irritated, frustrated more than anything..and that makes me depressed, and puts me in a rage..where I cry at times..I would never think of hurting my kids or even myself now..even though I was suicidal my teens years..and was in a Phsyciatric Hosp..I did get help..but like I said...I stopped taking Prozac..not wanting to depend on a drug to keep me happy..I just let the past go and now live for my kids, DH, and our future! I do wonder now if I may need to get back on medication to balance out my emotions?..DH insists something is wrong with me..I get severe mood swings..but I refuse to take anything while breastfeeding DD..I gave all that up the day I found out I was pg with DS over three years ago..cold turkey..I've been sober all this time..that was a great accomplishment for me..<br>
I know the BabyBlues most moms experience..I just felt the need to know what the difference was..and I don't think I'm severely depressed..it's more just lack of sleep, and of course everyday stress! with the BabyBlues!<br>
But Thank YOu for your concerns and greatly appreciate your time for the replies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 

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Keep in mind that antidepressants don't balance our your emotions, you do that. Antidepressants balance out the chemicals in your brain that are out of whack. That allows you to begin feeling your emotions again in a normal way. Anger and rage are both symptoms of depression. Depression isn't always sadness or feeling "depressed." It can manifest in many ways, anger and rage being one of them. For me, it's anxiety about my health.<br><br>
As far as breastfeeding and meds, they are commonly considered safe to take while breastfeeding. Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Paxil being some of the common ones. I totally understand not wanting to take meds, but you should also consider that your children are living with all of your mood swings and anger, even if you think they don't notice, they likely do. A healthy mom is what your family and your children need. Yes, the medication passes into breastmilk in very small amounts, but typically it is nearly or totally undetectable in the baby in studies. If you are concerned peruse Kellymom.com and look at the ppd section, or check out the information from Thomas Hale.
 

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I did not know these feelings that I'm having had anything to do with depression..I had alot of anxiety while pregnant..and can't sleep much..then and now!..<br>
DH tells me he doesn't want our kids to grow up having my attitude..I get mood swings all day long..and I try..I really try my hardest to be happy and not get mad at small stuff..or for no reason at all..but some times I just can't help feeling so crazy raged and frustrated..<br>
My mother has nervous anxiety attacks, she gets severe headaches and is also very depressed..and is always on Meds..it's said to be a mental problem..and it's all in her head..I beleive she is sick..but can't over react for attention..and that is not my case..I'm on the other hand always trying to avoid the attention..<br>
Should I seek for help..if something is wrong..or will this pass after my hormones get back to normal?<br>
Does breastfeeding affect hormones like when youre pregnant too? That's why I think I feel the way I do..because my hormones are out of wack!..but if that's not the case I should definitely do something about it..because honestly I don't want this to affect my children..they deserve the best of course..and need a healthy mom!! Thank you so much for all of your support..you are really super!<br>
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I think getting some help would be a good idea. A therapist can do an assessment with you and help determine if it's more PPD or sleep deprivation that's getting you down. They can work with you on sorting your life out and giving room for yourself and help determine if meds are a good idea too. Give it a try anyway and see what you think!<br>
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I seriously don't think something serious is wrong with me!..but I'm gonna go ahead and seek help just to make sure..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br>
But what if I don't have the finances to receive this kind of treatment..and I don't have insurance? how do I get help?<br>
I definitely would not be able to afford it... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap">
 

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You don't have to have something seriously wrong with you to seek help. And the sooner you seek help, the better chance you have of things not getting worse. I think almost EVERYONE could benefit hugely from therapy with a good therapist!<br><br>
Some therapists will work on a sliding scale. That is, you pay in accordance to your means. You can just call people up and ask if they'd be willing to do that or if they can recommend someone who will. Or if you have a skill the therapist might be able to use, you could see if you could arrange payment via a "barter" system. I think that people with a licensed clinical social worker background might be more willing to work on a sliding scale than psychiatrists or psychologists, but who knows. Oh, and be sure to ask around with friends or at LLL or the midwives' office, they may be able to recommend someone. That way you can get leads on therapists who may be more in line with your lifestyle and way of thinking.<br><br>
Depression is a really interesting phenomenon - so many people have it but there's so little info in the public awareness. I always just thought it made you sad and/or suicidal. I never knew irritability and anxiety were such common indicators, as the roller coaster mood swings can also be. But I certainly have those symptoms myself!<br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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