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Hello, I'm a new poster on this board...clearly. I'm Natasha.
I had my 3rd baby 5.5 weeks ago and she was 9 weeks early. It basically cemented the fact that I was overwhelmed and it pushed me over the very unstable edge. I was already battling PPD, PTSD, and depression to start with. Things got very dire and very bad but I'm on the road to recovery.
I'm getting inpatient treatment right now but I hope they'll release me soon. I miss the comforts of being home but I don't trust myself to be home right now. I'm on a whole set of medication and I have therapy every day plus group every morning.
I'm having a very rough time and it's been a struggle. I'm trying to handle things as well as I can but the pain is so intense and difficult to deal with. I've cut myself off from the online world of FB and other message boards/forums because it's so hard for me to see people with these amazing lives that I wish I had right now. I'm just ready for my life to be like that with my family. I don't know if that makes sense but I think you'll understand what I mean.
Alot of times when people are feeling down, that is all the want. To get back to life, to have the family support and love, and to just be as happy as you see other people.
This is of course a very nice long term goal. It gives you something to strive for, to look forward to. However it can feel so far away.
Personally I think have both short term and long term goals is important. 1 day goals, 1 week goals, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc.
Another thing that is helpful is to find structure and normalcy for your "current situation. So for inpatient, it is getting up, first morning bathroom routine, breakfast, group, lunch, individual, dinner, etc. Fill in free time with projects. Morning - art, afternoon - exercise, evening - reading.
When you get home, change things a little but keep it similar as well. Just fill in group with something else, individual with something else. Keep some you time as well.
As you grow, so will your daily routines. Shopping for food is added, paying bills, household chores, stuff outside the home, work or school.
Baby steps is really the key though. It will happen. GL