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November 8th, 2004, 10:29 AM
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What methods have any of you used to overcome PPD????

I found the best healing method for me was to talk about it. I had it so bad with #3 and I didnt talk about it. With #4 I was part of a really great parenting website. OMG, I dont think I would have been so strong without that group of ladies. It was like day and night between the PPD perriod.

so what did you do?

#1-DS 12/13/95
#2-DD 03/17/98
#3-DS-10/09/00~m/c a twin with him

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November 8th, 2004, 11:24 AM
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Drugs! Zoloft was a miracle drug for me. That, and realizing that I wasn't crazy or a bad mother. Discussing it with people and finding out I was not alone helped me too.
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November 9th, 2004, 03:14 PM
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Zoloft for me too! Although I didn't seek help until dd was about 2.5 years old! Obviously I didn't talk about it either. But dd had colic, then allergies, stomach issues, feeding issues, didn't sleep hardly...you name it. The fussiest baby on the block. I was soo overwhelmed. But figured, who wouldn't be if they were up every two hours for over a year! Or always having to listen to the crying all the time, my head was spinning. I cried alot, begged for relief from dd (although she in the end couldn't help me LOL)....I figured after we get over this hurddle we will be fine. Once the colic is over, it will be fine. Once we get dd's allergies under control, it will be fine. Once dd sleeps through the night, it will be fine. Well she hit age 2 and finally slept through the night, also had her allergies under control and I would feel great for a while, but once ANY set back happened, I would just hit the floor sobbing. I would just loose it, "OMG why is she waking up again!!!". Or I would give myself heartburn at the sound of a stuffy nose, knowing we would be up that night. So I new I shouldn't be sooo unstable that small set backs would send me into a spiral. So I mad the call to my doctor and we went from there.

The best thing that ever happened to me!!! I am much better, I had anxiety/panic issues before dd anyways. So I have to say I was pretty strong during my PPD and dd's infancy....b/c there were days I just couldn't hold it together...but somehow did.

But the zoloft is wonderful for me, helps me out, makes me feel stable.

Oh BTW, there was no talking about it with others....no other Mother could handle that I had so many issues with dd. I would mention colic and they would all run, no one wanted to hear about other people's hard times with their babies. So I am assuming I was the only one with a child with colic, overstimulatioin issues, feeding issues...it was really hard on me actually. There was no one to share with....everyone had that gerber baby they would rather brag about!!

But my Mother was wonderful, although didn't know what I was going though...we have a tendancy in my family to do it all ourselves and not burder others with our problems. I was never able to dump dd off with someone so I could recoupe....probably b/c I worked and felt guilty she was away from me enough as it is, so I just stuck it out. But my Mom would say, this too shall pass! And that got me through.
~Nicole~ Mom to Anna, age 3!
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November 9th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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You mentioned how any little thing would set you off again....

My doctor started me on 50 mg of Zoloft. He told me that we may need to up it to 100 mg if it wasn't effective. Well...on 50, I immediately started feeling better. That is until my basement flooded when I was home alone with Brock!! I cried and cried and cried....begged my SO to come home immediately...couldn't call the landlord because I couldn't control myself. We upped the dosage to 100 mg the next day!!
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