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Has PND / anxiety changed you?

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Lottieloulou Wed 21-Nov-12 18:45:04

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Bearandcub Wed 21-Nov-12 18:52:06

I'm still going through it but tbh I'm not sure it was the PND that changed me more the having kids, maternity leave, hormonal mess, brain-drained wreck that impacted more. Sorry that's not v helpful is it?

It does get easier apparently. Returning to work and dealing with the stress. How did you treat your PND/Anxiety? ADs? CBT?

Lottieloulou Wed 21-Nov-12 18:54:42

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Bearandcub Wed 21-Nov-12 19:11:03

Ok so maybe go back over your notes in counselling be they handheld or from memory; what did they say you had to do re coping and remaining calm and strong?

Do you want to write about what had stressed you out? Perhaps the process will help you get some perspective or perhaps MN can come up with some practical solutions.

Bearandcub Wed 21-Nov-12 19:12:57

Also, help me out here, but isn't the thing to do with catastrophising stress is to break it down and take small steps?

PackItInNow Wed 21-Nov-12 19:55:23

Yes, it changed me in such a way that I have an irrational fear of getting pregnant again. Even the thought of being pregnant gives me the shivers.

PackItInNow Wed 21-Nov-12 19:57:50

Never heard of breaking down big stresses into little steps, but it makes sense. I hope it works for you and you find things a bit easier and less anxiety-inducing.

Lottieloulou Wed 21-Nov-12 21:06:07

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Lottieloulou Wed 21-Nov-12 21:07:05

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PackItInNow Thu 22-Nov-12 07:52:09

I couldn't bear being pregnant again. I had great pregnancies and excellent deliveries, so I don't know what sparked it off. I have had counselling and been on loads of different AD's for it, but nothing worked.

MrsHelsBels74 Thu 22-Nov-12 07:56:55

It sounds like you're not out of this episode yet. I've suffered depression all my adult life & have episodes of depression when I can barely function at all. When I'm not having these I cope ok, although always at the back of my mind is the thought that another episode could be on its way.

I can't say whether it's changed me as I don't know what I'd have been like without the depression as I was first diagnosed at 16.

You will get there though & will find ways to manage. Hugs.

Lottieloulou Thu 22-Nov-12 08:00:03

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Lottieloulou Thu 22-Nov-12 10:13:54

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PackItInNow Thu 22-Nov-12 16:34:00

If anything, my fear is worse now than what it was before I had the AD's and counselling/CBT. The only thing the AD's did was make me sleepy.

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