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do antidepressants work?

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SingSoftKittyToMe Sat 12-Oct-13 12:50:24

Hv and gp think I may have pnd. Hv is very keen to start me on antidepressants but gp wants me to talk to a counseller first. Have a 2 yr old and 7 week old. Feel unable to cope cry everyday and finding myself screaming at toddler and ignoring baby alot when he non stop screams. I feel hopeless and have no family support and very little friends who are willing to help.
do antidepressants help? When will they stop me feeling this way?

SavoyCabbage Sat 12-Oct-13 13:06:42

Go to see the counsellor first. Talking does work. I've had counselling for the sitauation that I am in and it was good tom talk and have someone listen. Validating.

Ad talking to friends too. You sometimes just need to hear that you are not alone. Well, I do. I got talking to a grandmother of a child at dds school once. The things she was saying that happened to her 40 years ago, were just how I was feeling.

SELondonSwede Sun 27-Oct-13 15:58:34

Yes, they work. Please seek help as you can feel so much better in a relatively short space of time.
PM me if you want to ask anything more privately.

Mitchell2 Wed 30-Oct-13 14:27:21

Yes they do for some, but not everyone. Personally they worked extremely well for me - but it was only after trial and error that I found one that I could tolerate. That said, counselling / talking therapies can be just an effective for some people - but only you can make that decision.

Milkhell Thu 31-Oct-13 21:38:16

Not for everyone - not for me.

I think it's a very personal decision.

I know people who they've helped.

gunny15 Sun 03-Nov-13 23:10:35

I was diagnosed with PND 2/3weeks ago. I knew I had it- I just wasn't myself, cried alot, felt like a failure, questioned whether my baby loved me, felt anxious alot. It felt very hormonal for me, and I love my baby to bits and have bonded well with him; I just felt like I could explode with hormones.
I have been on antidepressants for two weeks. To start with I felt so much worse-no one told me this would happen. I was then given beeta blockers. So far the combination of both has helped hugely. I can sleep and eat again. I no longer question my son's love for me and I feel alot less hormonal. I still on occasion feel anxious but I feel more able to cope.
Therapy has along waiting list and I needed help quick. Don't be scared to get help like pills if you need them. You will be ok (is amazing I can say that just two weeks in but I feel I can fight this now when before I just felt desperate).

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