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I called my boss last week and he was amazingly understanding when I told him I was having postpartum anxiety and couldn't leave the baby. He is going to work with me and let me come back anywhere from a week to a month from now...so that I can continue to see my therapist and work on being able to leave Brayden. As of now I have yet to leave him to go even to the corner store, and I have severe anxiety/panic attacks at the thought of leaving him. The doctor refuses to put me on any medication because I'm nursing (she says I don't need antidepressants like Zoloft I need an anxiety med...which none are approved for nursing mothers).
I'm hoping that I will be able to calm down a bit and leave Brayden, because as of now DH has not heard back from the job interview he did and he's applied for and sent his resume to close to 40 different positions in the area and heard nothing from any of them. If he finds a job, then I'll just resign at that point. If he doesn't, then my boss is willing to let me come back perhaps half time for a week or two and ease back into full time.
I really don't like feeling this anxious, but my therapist sort of explained its like the reverse of normal seperation anxiety..usually its the child that has it, not the mom!
Momma to Alex (2005), Cadence, (2008), Ethan (2010), Brayden (2012), and Baby To Be Due September 19th 2014
I don't know if it would help separation anxiety, but I did Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a couple of years. I have general anxiety disorder and had fairly severe panic disorder for about 15 years. The CBT helped immeasurably. I was on Paxil for some time as well but the withdrawal was an absolute *nightmare*.
Anyway, I hope the therapy is helping you and I'd be happy to chat about CBT or anxiety/panic attacks any time you'd like.
Jumping in from the June ddc. I have an anxiety disorder and panic disorder and take zoloft while nursing. It is approved for anxiety disorders and if I'm not on it I am a mess. I would look for a new dr. That knows what's she's talking about. You shouldn't have to suffer. Good luck!