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Post natal depression Lock Rss

Since the birth of my daughter 4 months ago I have not been able to shake this very low mood and on occasions suicidal thoughts. I don't understand as I do have a very good baby who sleeps through the night and a supporting husband. However my sense of self-worth and well-being disturb me.
I was hospitalised when my baby was 7 weeks old but that just made my feelings worse as I could only see my baby for 2 2hour visits a day and they were supervised. I tell you what, I felt like a terrible mother before but being in there made me feel completely incompetent.
I live each day running scared as i don't know what might happen. Since falling pregnant and having my baby my seizures have returned. These however are completely different from the seizures I suffered from prior to neurosurgery. previously I had some warning and remained semi-conscious, now I go out like a light. I had on th eother week whilst my baby was on the change table. I came too to find her face first on the floor spitting blood out of her mouth. Tell you what, I have never felt such fear. She recovered more quickly than I and now I change her on the floor. But I still worry when I carry her or am out and about by myself with her. My neurologist says there is nothing more he can do for me. I have tried and tested almost every anti-convulsant on the market.
I feel scarred, incompetent and useless. What can I do to pull myself from this very deep, very dark hole?
Hi,

Thank you for your enquiry. It sounds as if you are going through a very difficult time at the moment. You need to go back to your GP and be referred to a specialist in this field who may be able to help. There should be some treatment that will be suitable for you to control your seizures. If you feel that you are unable to safely care for your child, you need to ask for assistance from your GP as to community services that are available in your area. The Early Childhood Health Centres are also able to assist. If you are experiencing feelings of being depressed, you need to discuss this with your GP too. Here is a link to a very helpful website dealing with depression.

http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/depression/inpregnancy/index.cfm Health carers are there to help you so reach out and ask for help.

Best wishes,

Alex.

<a href="http://www.nswmidwives.com.au/">NSW Midwives Association</a>
Note: This information is not designed to replace that of your health professional.
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