Do I have postnatal depression?
Ku417300 · 15/12/2018 20:41
I’m unsure if I’m suffering from depression or just a bit low following birth of DS. Since the birth 5 months ago, my emotions have been up and down but over the past two months I’m finding it harder and harder to be up beat. My DS is a happy baby who I love spending time with and looking after but I generally feel a sense of devastation most of the time. I try to get out every day to a class and exercise 4-5 times per week. But social interactions through the week are leaving me drained and overwhelmed with paranoia. I don’t know who I’ve become. Some days I feel better then this feeling of sadness comes and overwhelms me all over again. Unsure if these are normal baby or winter blues. Has anybody else felt the same on maternity leave but felt better when back at work?
YankOnTheShelf · 15/12/2018 21:44
I had PND. It certainly sounds like PND to me, particularly "drained and overwhelmed with paranoia. I don’t know who I’ve become".
See you doctor about it. I felt so much better after getting on medication.
rebelrosie12 · 15/12/2018 21:45
Yes sounds like it, great to speak about it. Is there anyone you could speak to irl? Definitely get to the Dr or hv and ask if there are any specialist services to offer you some support.
jellymum1704 · 28/12/2018 10:37
Hi OP, I had the same experience when DS was a baby. It could be a combination of the weather and the general exhaustion that comes with raising a child. Have you got support from family? I went to my GP in tears who then referred me to the local counselling service. I found myself much better once he was sleeping slightly better st night. Have you spoken to your GP yet? You don’t have to suffer this alone, please ask them for help. Sending you hugs
Ku417300 · 29/12/2018 22:36
Thank you for your replies. Planned a visit to my doctor this week and I've bought myself a SAD lamp which has already improved my mood.
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