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could this be pnd? or am I just exhausted?

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carvedpumpkin Fri 03-Jan-14 19:17:28

Firstly, dd is 15 months old so I don't even know if this is still possible, but I'm concerned I might be displaying signs of pnd. I thought I might be prone to it due to previous anxiety based depression episodes, and the couple of questionnaires the hv does to check made her concerned initially, but I seemed to be coping okay really. However, my dad died in the summer and I went back to work early Autumn and now I have just about made it through the festive period but I'm just so, so, so tired. I try not to think about my dad as it just makes me so sad, and it seems like all I want to do is go to bed and sleep. If I'm up I'm so cranky with dd, I have such a short temper, and I just feel like I'm doing a terrible job as a mum. I also feel like I'm doing a crap job at work, so it's not as if all my efforts are going into that. I don't feel like I can enjoy any time with dd and DH does such a better job at parenting than me. I worry constantly about stupid things, but I always have, and now my worries/anxieties are mainly around dd and how crap a mum I'm being. I'm not sure if I'm feeling so awful just now because I'm so tired, or if it could be signs of PND starting? All I know is I want to hide in my bed until it all goes away, and it frightens me that I don't want dd around while I do this. Any thoughts/advice?

Mikkii Fri 03-Jan-14 19:21:15

Go and talk to your GP.

If you are concerned about anything they will be in a position to refer you on.

At the same time, some of your symptoms (tiredness etc.) could be explained by anaemia, and then lead to you feeling like you are doing a bad job, which I'm sure you really aren't.

tatyr Fri 03-Jan-14 22:52:44

It doesn't really matter what label it has, whether it's post natal, or reactive depression, or anxiety, if the way you are feeling is borna problem then please go and talk to your gp about it. They will look at what could be causing you to feel this way, and do something about it.
Do it for yourself and for your DD. You both deserve You at your best.

carvedpumpkin Sat 04-Jan-14 10:06:59

thanks both, I think I will make an appointment with GP next week.

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