Post # 16
I don’t know if that’s true, from my own experience with PPD. My daughter was born in July, and a few months later I started having recurring thoughts of crashing my car with her in it. From what my psychiatrist told me and from what my Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety & Depression workbook states, it’s normal to have these feelings in PPD. The difference is that with PPD the thoughts are, quote, “‘ego-dystonic. This means that hte thoughts are inconsistent with your personality and violate your moral values and beliefs–in other words, you don’t acutally want or intend to act on them.” So with PPD you know they’re “wrong” thoughts. With post-partum psychosis, that may not be the case.
Edit: Actually, on a more thorough read, it sounds like thoughts of harming your baby are actually pretty normal, regardless of PPD or PPP. “… some studies have found that 100 percent of new moms had intrusive thoughts of harm befalling their infant. . . . In that same group, 50 percent of moms also reports thoughts of intentionally harming their newborm…” (p. 26, The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook, Wiegartz & Gyoerkoe)
Post # 17
Just wanted to chim in with my experience. I didn’t start experiencing “baby blues” until about a month PP. I went to see a therapist at the hospital and she recommended medication. I was hesitant to get on it because I didn’t think I was “that bad”. But I agreed to give it a try. It made a HUGE difference in my daily life. I felt like all the sudden I was excited about my baby where as before I dreaded getting up every day, felt like I had zero energy, didn’t want to deal with baby being attached to me all day…all of those thoughts were totally gone. It was a huge game changer. Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure if it’s serious enough. Sometimes even just talking to someone helps!!
Post # 18
I personally haven’t felt this way but have friends who have and I wouldn’t muck around with how you are feeling Hun – I would go see a Dr. there is no shame in that!!!!! It’s a HUGE life change and hormones are going nuts! It’s takes probably 6-8 weeks to start settling down and getting into a routine and for baby to start being a bit more settled I think. All the best Hun xxx