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    alibali is offline Registered User
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    Clearwater Bay

    post natal depression

    Hi. I am wondering if there any other moms out there that are/ or have suffered from post-natal depression that would be willing to talk about their situation with me? I have a 2 month old baby and my GP has diagnosed me with depression. Although I am professional help, I think it would be helpful to talk to other moms who have had this- how did you deal with it and how long did it take for you to get rid of it?

    As a side note, if there's anyone out there with a young baby living in The Belcher's or in Kennedy Town, would you be interested in getting together for a tea/ coffee? I think I've been a bit isolated which isn't helping.

    Thanks for any feedback.

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    joannek is offline Registered User
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    May 2005
    Hong Kong
    i think most of us suffered from some sort of depression post-natal. ALL my friends said when they look back now, they WERE a bit crazy & over-reacting to everything reagarding the baby, suggestions taken as criticism, feeling inedequate, helpless, you name it. i think i gradually got better after my baby weaned from bm (which was 16mths old).

    i just called LLL and talked to the leaders which really helped. talk to friends who've been there also helped. post some threads here & talk to the moms. as long as you know you're not alone, and it's SO VERY NORMAL to be feeling to way you're feeling now.:bighug
    one big hug for you & hope you're feeling better soon.

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    spockey is offline Registered User
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    Hi! I had post-natal and ante-natal depression due to the isolation I felt while we were in Sydney. We moved to Sydney one month before I found out I was pregnant.

    Although the birth was fantastic, the feeling of raising my bubba on my own and going through the experience without my family and friends was just overwhelming. Hubby couldn't take a single day off work apart from the day bub was delivered.

    What I found helped me most was Mother's Group. In Oz, you are
    assigned a Mother's Group to attend two weeks or so after leaving the hospital. And that was fantastic!

    It got me out of isolation and feeling depressed. Some of the mums who were in in the same boat i.e. Non-native to Sydney, got together and went for walks everyday, hail or shine or we met for breakfast, lunch or tea. Mother's Group also met at a mum and bub friendly pub once a week and that was fantastic! We also made it a point to meet without our bubs once a month just to get away from routine.
    I don't live at Kennedy Town and I am working. But if you are keen to meet up and just talk, let me know! I leave work everyday at 4.20 and I'm free to meet on Saturdays and Sundays if you want to leave bub alone with your hubby/partner and go grab that very important cup of tea/coffee. We can meet with bub if you prefer too.

    What is also important is that your partner understands that it is not something you can control. My partner did and the community support I got when we were still in Sydney helped me get through some dark patches on my day. I had a midwife assigned to me and she called me once a week to check on how I was doing.

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    hermoine is offline Registered User
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    I had really bad post natal depression. I didn't know I had one after my first was born, so I didn't get any help at all. After I delivered the second, things got worse and even got out of hand. It was scarry for me to realise and to admit to myself that I had depression, but once I stepped over that realisation hurdle, I was able to allow myself to get help. It seems that you have allowed yourself to get help already, so I am sure you will be fine!

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    Matty is offline Registered User
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    Sai Kung
    Hi Alibali,

    I have sent you a PM.

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    ELT is offline Registered User
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    I was depressed throughout the entire first trimester and my husband who travelled was so freaked out that he decided we should move in to my parents until the baby was born. Things improved a lot once I had someone taking care of me. I was depressed for around a month post-natal. This time I knew what to do, so I would leave the baby with someone I trust then go shopping / meet up with friends. I found having time to myself and doing things that I would do before I had the baby helped. Hope you'd feel better already by the time you read this thread.

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