If this is Postpartum Depression, how can I get help?

I think I might be suffering from post-partum depression. I am depressed all of the time (obviously), have a hard time falling asleep most nights, and just overall am not happy with my life in any way. It’s difficult for me to find joy in anything other than my daughter. The reason I question if this is post-partum depression or not is because everything has basically been fine up until a few weeks ago, and my daughter is now 5 months old. I want to get help because my bland mood is upsetting my husband and taking such a toll on our relationship. The house is a mess, I don’t cook anymore, and I have no interest in taking care of myself… only my daughter. I feel I’m slipping away. I don’t know what my next move should be from here. I have no health insurance to visit a doctor and get help. What can I do? I just want my life back.

Answer #1

Post-partum depression is best indicated, usually, by a high level of fatigue that follows giving birth. If you feel too exhausted to do much of anything except for take care of your daughter (which I’m sure gets tiring at times as well) you could have postpartum depression. It is extremely important you still have an interest in taking care of yourself, you deserve to be clean, healthy, and to feel loved! The one hitch in it is the fact that, as you mentioned, it is 5 months after your daughter was born- symptoms usually develop within the first 1-3 months. However, insomnia and a lack of interest in daily life are problems that may not go away and probably won’t get better unless you find a solution. You need to find a doctor, (any free clinics nearby?) and talk to them about your problems. They can help you get back to your normal life and in a place where you can take care of yourself and your relationship as well as your baby. Good luck

Answer #2

Dear pravaj, Post partum depression can develope with in 2 years after giving birth. You are still interested in taking care of your daughter so it may not be depression at all. I understand you don’t have health insurance so seek out free clinics in your area. If there are none, I’m sorry but you need to be seen by a doctor. He needs to do some exams to determine if it is medical. You should be having regular checkups after your baby was born…see a doctor ASAP. Sue…good luck

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