Postnatal Depression and anti-depressants
December 5, 2011 11:00 AM Subscribe
Postnatal depression, advice and success stories, please.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My wife has been diagnosed with postnatal depression. I felt that something was up about two weeks ago, and as things spiralled downwards a GP has confirmed our suspicions. She's now on some sleeping tablets (temazepan) and an anti-depression (Citalopram, often sold axs Celeza). I am now off work on compassionate leave, and have taken over all night feeding, in addition to anything else she'll let me do.
It's only been a few days, but there's already been an improvement. I'm trying not to beat myself up too badly about dropping the ball and letting things get to this point, but I'm still a little scared, a little anxious, and a bit ignorant (baby is fine).
If any mefites would feel comfortable sharing any advice they think would be useful for a partner in this position I would be tremendously grateful. We're new to this, and I'm unsure of the best way to do things, and help things and make her feel better.
More specifically, I'm a little anxious about the Celexa. I'm trying to be positive, but going online I see a list of sideffects as long my arm, and people saying they never got back to "baseline" after taking SSRIs. I need to feel like we are doing the right thing here; I know it intellectual, but I need to feelit, you know what I mean? Wife is also seeing a therapist etc. Thank you.