Me too, I'm fine after a hideous episode. The only downside is that I can't get off the effing meds. It's fine, I'd rather be well and still on them, but it's altered my ability to enjoy alcohol (boo hoo!) and done something slightly odd to my emotions. I haven't cried for four years.
My set backs are generally when something shit happens. But then PND or not everyone has this. I just can't handle it & I feel the world is against me, closing in on me & can't see the positive in ANYTHING.
I long for the day I actually feel happy.
I've gone back to work, albeit part time. To give me a balance, yet I just never feel happy.
I just exist, I'm lonely, don't enjoy motherhood, and feel incredibly anxious the entire time to the point of physical shaking.
I don't know what to do, having a particularly bad episode of a shit time - due to people interfering in my business, not delivering on what they say etc .... but everyone has this don't they? Everyone is let down at some point in their lives I know this - yet why can't I deal with it and fucking move on ....
For me it took about a year I think. I was pretty steady four months after my son was born (my depression began in my sixth month of pregnancy) but it was around a year that I thought "huh, I'm actually really happy."
I wasn't depressed during my second pregnancy at all nor (knock on wood) my third so far.