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Is this postnatal depression

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Mmolly2013 Mon 15-Dec-14 21:46:24

Baby is 4 months old but the past few weeks I have been feeling really down, lack of concentration, couldnt be bothered going anywere or doing anything. I feel hopeless and as if i am starting to not cope anymore. I feel so alone. I keep snapping at dp. He keeps asking whats wrong and I just say everything.

I love my baby my baby more than anything but Im just so tired and fedup.

I dont want to go to see a doctor im going try and pull myself out of it, can this be done.

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Mon 15-Dec-14 21:49:05

It can but it might not hurt to see your GP. I know it is a scary prospect but you might find the offer of counselling or tablets would help it go more quickly.

This is a very helpful site

www.getselfhelp.co.uk

I didn't get help and my PND just lingered and made everything much harder.

EugenesAxe Mon 15-Dec-14 22:04:47

It sounds like you have some of the signs to me (I've tested myself on a few occasions). Google PND test (can't remember the name) and go through the questions to see how you fare.

I wouldn't try to work this out on your own - there are so many places you can get support. As MrsPepper has had PND I would especially take her advice.

Best wishes brew

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Mon 15-Dec-14 22:08:45

Its the Edinburgh Scale that EugenesAxe is mentioning. I hadn't thought of that!

www.fresno.ucsf.edu/pediatrics/downloads/edinburghscale.pdf

It is helpful indeed.

SilverStars Mon 15-Dec-14 22:10:27

I always think if I was getting 8 hours sleep a night and an hour to myself a day would I still feel like this? If the answer is yes for me it is worth seeing a HV or gp.

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Mon 15-Dec-14 22:12:29

It might also be worth asking your gp for a thyroid blood test. Under active thyroid postpartum hits around this time. Hope you feel better soon

Mmolly2013 Mon 15-Dec-14 22:31:39

i scored 18 on the edinburgh scale. Anything between 10-30 is depression. I do feel so low but Im also so drained.

rockinrobintweet Mon 15-Dec-14 22:34:59

could you contact your health visitor? they might be slightly more gentle than a GP, won't be rushed for time and they get this sort of stuff everyday.

i went through a phase of being massively down like this, and just made a pack with myself that i would always leave the house once a day, whether a walk round the park, a trip to the shops etc. helped me see other human faces and feel normal again xx

caravanista13 Mon 15-Dec-14 22:35:02

My daughter fought on for 10 months before going to the doctor. She wasn't desperate, but once she started on anti depressants she immediately felt like a weight had lifted. She wishes she had gone months before.

Dizzy40 Fri 19-Dec-14 15:53:43

New to mums net!
I gave birth to a gorgeous boy 8 months ago. The last couple of months my mood has been up and down. I get so angry and short tempered. It wasn't my plan to have another child as I have a 15 year old already but my new husband talked me into it!��. The last month has been the worst and I honestly feel at times like running away and never coming back. I hate the thought of taking AD's but following various traumatic life events I decided I needed help. I've been on 15mg of mirtazapine for two weeks and interestingly my blood test shows underactive thyroid a tsh of 6.95 which is borderline but apparently enough to give similar symptoms to pnd. I am now taking meds for that too so with the two I hope to feel a million dollars soon!! I think anyone feeling low and struggling should have their thyroid checked. I am hoping that it is more the thyroid that is affecting me than it being pnd but it's too early to know.

Does anyone else have similar experience? smile

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