After my son was born I was very low. My doctor spent time with me and referred me to a counsellor. Both agreed I did not have post natal depression and left me to struggle through.
Many years later I had counselling again for depression. My counsellor went through everything that had happened prior to the birth of my son (being widowed, becoming bankrupt, remarrying, discovering my new husband had huge debts and another woman, homelessness looming) and diagnosed PTSD.
She treated me accordingly and I have felt great ever since.
If you are feeling low after the birth of a child and there are other traumatic factors happening, please check they test for all possible causes.
Oh man, I'm sorry to hear that. It sounds like the doctor saw things in a really black-and-white way, and was only looking to see if you had post-natal depression or not. I will pass your story along to others.
It sounds like it must have been a very difficult time in your life. I'm glad ot hear you are doing a lot better now.
It is a good thing that you and your doctor were able to reognize that what you were going through was more than post natal depression. I am sure that there are many other women in the world that are continuing to battle their "depression" due to being mis-diagnosed as just having a case of post partum depression. I am sure that for some of these women it has been months or even years that they have been struggling.
I am glad that you were able to get the help that you needed to get through, I am sure that it is still a battle for you some days. I think thatby sharing your story with others, you have probably helped at least one other woman who has been going through the same thing.
All too often, people are afraid to seek help when they are going through depressive times. For a woman who has recently had a baby, it can be hard to believe that the depression comes from anything other source. I know several women who went through post partum depression without once asking for help from their doctor because they felt ashamed that they were feeling depressed in the first place. One friend even told me that she felt like she was a bad mother because she had just given birth to a beautiful baby and yet she was always ready to cry and hardly felt like shecould handle the baby when no one else was around. She made it through her depression, and didn't even share her true feelings with me until the baby was over a year old. To this day, she experiences bouts of depression so bad that she doesn't feel like she can leave her home. I will surely share this story with her and urge her to talk to her doctor or to a cousellor.
Wow, I could have written this post. With my first child I thought I just had severe PPD. After having a nervous breakdown I was evaluated by a psychiatrist, and he diagnosed with PTSD due to childhood sexual abuse. Apparently the trauma surrounding the birth and breastfeeding triggered something I did not know I even had. It is so worth looking at all possibilities.
Just as a side note, PPD can also be severe, and last for a long time if left untreated. I had a really bad case of PPD, and it didn't go away for a long time due to lack of treatment.
Reading this post makes me want to go see a counseler asap. I did not think that somethings, even ones you have mentioned here could cause PTSD. I always thought that it was because of more serious things like seeing someone pass away in a horrible accident or something crazy of that nature. Knowing this could explain my problems that I have now and have been over the past year. I have 3 children the youngest is 2 years old. During my whole pregnancy with her ( probobly a little more or less time) her father, my partner was cheating on me while it was going on I wasn;t for sure but had the "idea" he would leave me home all night basically everynight come in around 6am drunk crawling basically through the door some weekends he would go to work (he was a bouncer at a night club) and not come back home or call untill the next night. Needless to say it was a horrible 9 months , 2 weeks after I gave birth I found out for sure that he had been cheating and all the other lies and betrayals that went on during that time. I was devestated and broke, he stopped cheating was and has been comming home on time ect. I did choose to stay with him but I am still not completley over it a couple years later:(. I am not always down or depressed but when my mind starts going there is nothing I can do to stop it. So I wonder if this situation was enough to cause me to have PTSD.
Pleased to hear you have overcome your problems and you are feeling great. People like you are an inspiration to other people with problems, proof we can overcome it and move forward to a happier future.
All the time I was pregnant, I was really worried that I might have a post partum depression after I give birth. I broke up with my boyfriend shortly after I got pregnant because he told me I should just have an abortion. So, after I gave birth, I waited for the depression to strike in. But it didn't come. I fell in love with my baby right away. :)