Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How I kicked postpartum depression's ass: Part Two

This post is the second in a five-part series about my struggle with postpartum depression. Click here to read Part One.

After realizing that something was definitely not going right up in my noggin, I started thinking about how it would probably be a good idea to go get checked out.

There were a couple things in particular that finally got me into my doctor's office to have a conversation with her that I never in a million years expected to be having with her.

One was realizing that Dennis had an Ice Queen for a wife the day that I cracked a joke about an old man - it was the first joke I'd cracked in I don't know how long. The next thing was the encouragement of some fellow moms, urging me to talk to my doctor about feeling so dang cranky all the time.

Add the two together, and you get me - going to my doctor's office, hoping that it was just my birth control adding extra hormones and causing my bitchiness and not the dreaded postpartum depression.

I wasn't DEPRESSED. I wasn't sad. It must have been the birth control. It had to be - right?

Certainly it must be something other than ME causing the irritability. I really wanted to be able to point the finger elsewhere.

So, my doctor started asking me questions. I started giving her answers.

Once I started giving her answers, she gave me 2 things.

A diagnosis and a prescription.

Two weeks later, Dennis got his wife back.


Katherine Stone said...

Thanks for sharing this! It doesn't seem like the link to part 1 is working right though.
One other thing to your readers, different medications work for different people, so I wouldn't get hung up on the exact medication you took as it may not work for someone else. The fact that you reached out for professional help is the key!

Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress

Sera said...

Thanks for the heads up on the link - it should be all fixed now.

You make a really good point about the medication - different things do work well for different people, and it can even take a few tries before finding the right thing. I touched on this a little bit yesterday in the comment section when someone asked me what I thought about Lexapro. I really think when one chooses to go on medication, it's a discussion that really needs some serious thought and attention with the patient and the doctor to determine what is appropriate for each person. Thank you so much for your comment!

thoughts and ramblings said...

Hi Sera, I'm the one who asked on "part one" what you thought of Lexapro.

My OB/GYN gave me a prescription for either 10 or 20 mg....can't remember because I didn't fill it. We talked about it. She told me it had minimal side effects...but I haven't decided to take it yet.

My story is a little long and complicated...so I won't elaborate here...but if you'd like to talk or know more, I'll gladly share with you. my email address is: anne(dot)elliott(at)att(dot)net

I work in a pharmacy, so I have the benefit of talking to all my pharmacist friends about all of the anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds available. They tell me things that may or may not be found out otherwise. LOL

I guess you could say I have the "inside scoop"


I have been trying to write my story on my blog for years now....and I can't seem to get it out. I have so many drafts...just can't bring myself to make it sound coherent and get it posted! Maybe you've inspired me a little. :)

I am so proud of you for sharing. :)