Monday, May 4, 2009

OK, lets talk about Postpartum Depression

1st of all it is nothing to be ashamed of – it happens to more people than you think. My mother in law says there were tons of women with in when they were new moms -- but they just drank instead of getting medical help : )

I had it with Jake and it is a horrible thing. I was lucky in one way that I never wanted to kill him – I just wanted to kill myself. Our warped Rayment sense of humour helped me get through some of the tough times, but I also had wonderful friends, family and Effexor.

I imagine many moms who have had children that are considered disabled have probably had it as well. It’s a tough thing realizing your child will always be a little bit different.

If you are new mom and feeling overwhelmed, want to hurt yourself or your child. Go tell someone and get the help you need. There is nothing to be ashamed of and you are a better mom for getting the help YOU need. Trust me it sucked having PPD – but I am a better person because of it.

Now the not so nice part – it is HARD to come off of anti depressants and NEVER do it without medical help. I’m going through the hardest part now because after 7 years I am almost completely off it and am going through what I guess is sort of like withdrawal symptoms. Its tough, but I’m doing it – with advice from Dr and Naturopath. Wish me luck – and well “Do not piss me off right now – trust me!!”

Some helpful websites about PPD – but if you feel that you might have it – go straight away and see someone!! There are tons more sites that your health care professional can provide you with.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/mh-sm/preg_dep-eng.php
http://www.cmha.ca/bins/content_page.asp?cid=3-86-87-88
http://www.postpartum.org/supportgroups.html

Helpful advice
Go to your local Parent Child Centre and make friends with other moms
Join any Mommy and Baby group and make friends with other moms
Hmmm go make friends with other moms!!!!!!
Ignore any advice from Tom Cruise on PPD
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.
Do something once a day for yourself (eg take a bath, read a book, throw darts at picture of Tom Cruise)

Can’t thing of anything else right now –more later. Off to run on treadmill – helps with the withdrawal from Effexor – also good for heart and rest of body.

1 comments:

vanmiera said...

I had no idea that treatment for PPD lasted that long Jen. I thought for sure, by the time your kid hit kindergarten you'd be off medications etc.

We are much luckier now than the women of a few generations ago. More research is being done about depression and mental illeness/instabilities. The medical community is becoming more accepting and educated about these issues. Now, we just need people like you with great senses of humour and a willingness to share your stories to help bring it into the public eye.

People need to know there is support and that there is nothing to be ashamed of. When it comes down to a choice between saving yourself and your child or being embarassed that people might think you are crazy, I hope that more and more women make the right choice and have a solid suport system.

<3

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