PPD About to Just Give Up…?

Question by Amie: PPD about to just give up…?
I just had my baby boy 2 months ago…I am on meds for ppd but i am still really sad…and I get SO mad like i can not Control it I hate everything…then I am back to normal. I have went to the doc, they just want me to keep taking my meds. but I am still acting weird. (I would Never hurt my baby!) but I am really mean to other people around me. I hate to talk to my friends/bf/everyone. I have almost about to give up on life getting better its like no one wants to help me. I have a appt. with a mind doc. but its at the end of the month they should not get me in any sooner.

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Answer by Jerry
Take the quiz at: http://pediatrics.about.com/library/quiz/blquiz_ppd_scng.htm View http://www.womentowomen.com on postpartum depression, and their views about the use of antidepressants, which coincide largely with mine. Read: “Baby Blues – Goodbye Baby Blues Postpartum Depression Treatment for Postpartum Symptoms” by Healing Natural Oils, and “Natural Healing for Depression: Solutions from the World’s Great Traditions And Practitioners” *** by James Strohecker and Nancy Shaw Strohecker, from your bookstore, or Amazon.com Chances are, a doctor will prescribe antidepressants, when what you would benefit from most is replacement NATURAL hormones, like estriol (NOT Premarin, which is SYNTHETIC estradiol; known to sometimes cause cancer) and supplements, like DHEA (according to Dr. Hyla Cass*** who is an expert at natural healing for women. Google: “osteopaths + naturopaths; (your location)” who can have them formulated by a compounding pharmacy (several are shown in appendix F ***). In the meantime/otherwise: St. John’s wort helps most people; tolerance doesn’t develop, and the few side effects don’t occur often, and even then are normally not severe; it usually takes 2 weeks to start becoming effective, and another 2 – 4 for peak effectiveness.

A multidimensional approach to treating depression without medication follows. All except for no. (7.) are safe to use with medication, but not SJW, because of interactions, and it’s sensible to check out anything else first, like Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, or supplements, such as SAMe, 5HTP, or L-phenylalanine, with your doctor. (1.) Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it! In the winter months, if not getting sufficient daily exposure to strong light, see http://www.mercola.com SEARCHBAR: enter: “vitamin D3″. Go to a doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, blood test. When you get the results, don’t follow the typical “normal” reference range, as these are too low. The OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 45-52 ng/ml (115-128 nmol/l)”. The company which tests your levels has to be one of those using the correct form of test, and this topic is addressed via the searchbar at Mercola.com – “vitamin D3; testing”. Also take a vitamin B complex which is certified as being 100% of natural origin; the deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate, or folic acid) that most depressed people have, is known to cause depression. Around 30% – 40% of depressed people have low vitamin B12 levels. (2.) Work up slowly to at least 20 minutes of daily exercise, or 30 – 60 mns, 5 times weekly in daytime, outside. Too much exercise can cause stress, which isn’t wanted when dealing with depression. (3.) Occupational therapy (keeping busy allows little time for unproductive introspection, and keeps mental activity out of less desirable areas of the brain).

(4.) Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: (free) http://www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.html or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody/a/Meditation.htm or http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Give the EFT a good tryout, to see if it helps you. It is free at www.emofree.com Professional is best. – There is a version for use in public places, (if you want to, you can claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressuremassage/tapping on your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising (repeating it to yourself in your mind) “Even though I suffer from depression, I deeply and completely accept myself.” (5.) Initially, at least, some form of psychotherapy or counselling; later, perhaps either Cognitive Behavio(u)ral Therapy, (a free E course in it, which may well reduce the time needed in therapy, as should *, & ** is at: http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome ) or Rational Emotive Behavio(u)ral Therapy for, say, 6 months. (6.) Maintain a mood chart, and daily activities schedule**. (7.) As options, if desired, either a known, effective herbal remedy, such as St. John’s wort, (get a German variety, if possible; local ones may vary in effectiveness. Jarsin, Perika, and Kira brands have been recommended as being effective.


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