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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/26/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am diagnosed with depression started as post parted blues and then just stuck around. I am not much of a people person so when i am having a downer time i usually browse the self help sites or sleep (of course thats not the sleep at night sleep). Any how i came across one of the post you have going "how am i doing". I thought it was really motivating and a good idea. I am not new to these feelings but i do often forget that they are temperary and that i have the power to make them more tolerable. Thanks for reminding me.


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   Posted 8/26/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Mandy. Welcome to Healing Well. I'm so glad you found us. As you may have already seen we are a tight knit group that is always here for each other. I personally have found that even when I am struggling with my depression it helps me so much to chat and help others in any way I can.

So to begin, congratulations on your baby! Is it a boy or girl and when was he/she born?

I myself have two girls (16 and 12) and my depression came back during my second pregnancy but it was almost 2 years later that I was formally diagnosed. Between lack of sleep and hormones it can be a tough as well as an exciting time. Make sure you try to take care of "you" too.

I look forward to hearing more from you.


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   Posted 8/26/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mandy,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I am so glad that you found us. Keep posting and know that we all care about you. And yes, we would love to hear all about your little one.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 8/27/2011 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Mandy!

My sister began to have severe depression after having her son, the onset was immediate but unlike some people, her depression didn't go away as time went on. She's a really kind and good person, and she loves her husband and son dearly. She just has to deal with this constant depression.

She's on Zoloft right now, and it helps her mood but she's still dealing with things like constant fatigue and some anxiety. She tries really hard to be as healthy as she can.

Basically, I just wanted to put that bit in just to underline that you're not alone in your feelings/condition. My sister still battles her depression, but she's still a great person and she tries her best. I'm sure you can overcome this and continue your path to feeling better about life. Sorry that it's hard for you right now, but you did the right thing by looking up help--and by posting on here. :)

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   Posted 8/27/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mandy,
I read your post and hoped I might be able to help you. Are you feeling depressed most of the time? Also wondering how old your child is and if you may still have postpartum blues. I believe that sleeping a lot if not at nighttime could be a sign of depression. Are you on any meds? Also, I don't know if you would consider the help of a therapist. I have been on an a/d med for 9 years and it has really helped me. I also see a therapist and we connect in a very good way and she has helped me to be able to handle any problems in a sensible way. I know I posted about being so lonely and that is a big problem for me to deal with. I am a people person so it is hard for me  now that I am living alone. When I am out and about with others I feel good so i think the loneliness is a separate occurence from the depression.
I hope you will continue to post here so that many of us can help you. You will find many good friends here. I am always available to answer you if you want. I'm not always on the forum but I do check often so I  will look for you.

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 8/27/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the welcome. I had to giggle when i read the first reply because i thought "what did i say? I dont have a baby." My son is 8 years old and i have a 20 year old daughter. I started the zoloft after he was born and have had in increased in dose over the years. I do think it helps. The lack of good sleep is a trigger for me like many people. My loneliness comes from what i call my run away mind. I am most comfortable with people in their 80s and spend my time with the elderly. I was thinking of askiing the dr about primrose oil? it is supposed to help some people with sadness and mood swings before their periods. The week before mine is always terrible mentally and physically. I am looking forward getting to know you all over time. thanks for starting my day with a giggle.
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