Would you take medication for moderate PND?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Mrsluckywife:  Yes absolutely!  Medication can be an extremely helpful part of a successful therapy program.  (If you’re still breast-feeding you should ask your doctor about that.)  Please look into this, it can make a world of difference.  You don’t need to suffer any more than you have to!!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 

Mrsluckywife:  First of all, hugs! I was diagnosed with PPD/PPA at 5 weeks post partum. I have been on wellbutrin, which has helped immensely with the depression but not so much with the anxiety. I still get panic attacks somewhat often. I’m planning on switching to new meds when I go to see my OB for my annual soon. I would absolutely take medication if you feel comfortable with it. My PPD was moderate as well, but I hated feeling sad and energyless all the time. I am so much happier now.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

FloridaGatorBride:  Yeah I think Wellbutrin is not ideal for people with anxiety, if i remember correctly.  It can kind of exasperate it.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes I would.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had PND for 6 months after having my DD but refused the meds I was offered by the doctor. I too have a history of anxiety and I had heard that the medication they wanted to give me could make that worse.

Instead I took multi vitamins and it did me the world of good. When I had PND I wasnt eating properly and getting the nutrition I clearly needed. I was depleated of vitamins and it wasnt helping my mood. 

Not saying that would work for you but I think low iron and other minerals in addition to anxiety and a colicky baby were the factors in my PND.         

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Oh gosh…

I would always advise people to medicate in general, as medicines are so much better now, plus there is no point suffering in silence for such a common condition as PND.

However…. 100% honesty here, as we are anonymous…

If it was me, I must say that I would be concerned that this would go on my permanent medical record, which could disqualify me from certain jobs. This is because I am British, so it may be different. Also, this only applies if you are applying for jobs which require a full disclosure (eg military, intelligence). But it is something which may effect me.

If it is something which does not effect you, I’d just take the pills!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Mrsluckywife:  Absolutely I would try it.  Your PND has continued for almost a year and it has gotten worse.  I would definitely try the meds for a month or two to see if it helps.  I had trouble coping during my divorce and my doctor prescribed Zoloft to help with my depression.  It helped me level out (and helped me keep my job and pay my bils, rather than laying in bed all day with depression) and after a few months I was able to taper off the meds and deal with things on my own.

Mental health history is protected by HIPAA in the US so no worries about it getting out to potential employers unless you work a particularly sensitive job and even then it looks better if you have a history of diagnosis & treatment than just diagnosis (which is already on your chart by now.)

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mrsluckywife: 

First of all, so sorry you’re going through this! I think if you’ve been dealing with post-partum depression for nearly a year with no resolution, meds might be an ideal next step. As long as you work with your doctor to find the medication that works best for you (which it seems you are already doing!), anti-depressants/anxiety meds are pretty safe and effective. Just know that it can take between 6-8 weeks for the medication to take full effect- so don’t feel discouraged if it isn’t an instant cure.  

Also, do you feel you have an adequate support system at home? Caring for a baby is hard work and I hope you have a network of friends and family to rely on. Other resources for dealing with post-partum depression include joining a support group of other moms going through the same thing or seeing a psychologist. 

Best of luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Mrsluckywife:  OK, look… don’t freak out immediately. What job do you do? It might not even be an issue. It depends on what level of disclosure is required by your potential new employer.

So… what is your field?

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Have you tried Valerian or St. John’s Wort? Make sure it’s safe if you’re breastfeeding but otherwise it’s non prescribed meds for anxiety and depression.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Mrsluckywife:  Would I now? Yes. Did I when I should have? No, and I really, really regret it. Try the meds. There is NO need to suffer. Even a brief course of the right medication could turn this around for you.

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