Postpartum Depression?

Question by PixiFairy: postpartum depression?
how would someone know if they have postpartum depression? any advice for someone who thinks they might have it? like who to talk to, where to look….etc. thanx.
the girl had her baby about 9 months ago and doesn’t have health insurance to help pay to see the doctor.
she lives in south dakota. in a town of about 10,000 people. so it isn’t a ver big town.

Best answer:

Answer by Smurfalls
The best person to talk to is your OBGYN. They can refer you to a counselor/therapist/psychiatrist that can work with your needs.

You can also do a search online for a message board or chat group that deals specifically with PPD. They can give you some advice on where to turn for professional help, and they can be there to listen if you need to talk. I’ll see if I can find one for you.

**Edit: Here’s a site with info on PPD:

This site looks really helpful. They have a hotline you can call anytime, and you can search for local support:

Here’s an online PPD support group:

***Edit again: If she doesn’t have insurance, she could look into getting Medicaid. She really needs to get professional medical help if she has a postpartum mood disorder. These can be very dangerous, and even fatal for mother and/or baby, if they are left untreated.

If there’s a free clinic in her town, see if you can get her to go there. They should be able to help her find free or low cost healthcare so she doesn’t have to go untreated. PPD is serious condition. Best of luck to your friend.

Answer by Ashley
Do you feel depressed often?
Do you want to harm yourself or your baby?
Do you feel out of control like you can’t control your life?
Do you feel more down then normal?
When bad things happen do you often blame yourself?
Do feel like you hate yourself?
Do you take things out on others and don’t realize it until someone says something?
If you answered yes to anything of the question then you have some postpartum depression? You should speak to your Dr about it so they might be able to direct you to a good coiunselor. I know most people think that it is a bad thing, but a lot of times with Meds that help you get back to normal are good for you. LEt me ask you. do you feel like you can control everything on your own. If my theory is correct I would say no. So getting to your DR and getting a medication will help. But, talking to a counselor with help even better with the meds. I had to do this after my son for awhile. It’s very common. You know I wish I would have done this with my first child because I found that there was a lot I was dealing with from my first pregnancy. Who care what other people say, if you need help get it for nothing else get it for the sanity of your child. I finally felt like I had control and I was able to deal with things for the first time in my life. It rerally works. I hope you get some help. Remember almost everyone faces this.

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