is it depression or anxiety

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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum, so I thought I'd introduce myself. I am a 26 year old woman with one child. I had postpartum depression with this child. I dealt with it for about 16 months after her birth. I eventually got better. But could still be triggered by certain things. Now I am pregnant with my second child. I was doing great. But for the past month I have been dealing with what I think is anxiety. It started off as feeling like I was having trouble breathing, and my heart was racing but I didn't know why. Then I started worrying. Now it's to the point where I almost embarrassed myself at church the other day crying because I can't shut off the thoughts. Whether bad or just life thought it scares me to death. I am finding it difficult to raise my daughter. I am a stay at home mom. I feel I could just freak out, I want to run away. Its very hard to explain. When I feel okay, which is not often lately, I think how irrational this is. But in the moment, I feel hopeless. I've told my doctor and he said he can't give me anything til the pregnancy is over. I have at least 7-10 weeks left. I don't think I can go day after day like this. It feels like time is slowly passing by with me in misery. I don't want my husband to leave me and my daughter. It's frightening... I did call and tried to get a referral to a therapist. Will see.... but doesn't this sound like anxiety?

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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

It does sound like anxiety. Sometimes I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and I can't get a full breath. It feels heavy, and I feel jumpy inside. My heart also races. 

I think you should definately see a therapist. It will help you until you can take medicine.

Hang in there! 




28 years old

Bipolar II, Panic Disorder, OCD

Seroquel and Klonopin as needed



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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like anxiety. If it's really bad I'd be getting a second opinion on using meds. With my last child I fell pregnant while on antidepressants, came off them and then had to go back on them at 20weeks.

Some are safer then others, but you need to see someone experienced in that field you shouldn't have to struggle for another 7weeks.

My anxiety often leads to bouts of crying and depression when it becomes overwhelming so you know you're not alone.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.  It sounds to me like anxiety and I am sure your worrying that you will have postpartum issues after this baby is born so that maybe a casue of your anxiety along with everyday stress.

I agree you should see about therapy and also is your physician and OB Physician.  I know some meds you cannot take during pregnancy but there are some out there that are safe.  Be an advocate for you and find someone willing to work with you on this problem.

We are here to support you and you will find many caring and wonderful people in the A & P forum.  Stay with us and keep posting.

Gentle Hugs.

Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


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