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   Posted 5/19/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi has been a while since I have posted on here and I need to talk to someone who understands anxiety and depression - and I know I will find it here since you are all so supportive!  I just had a beautiful baby boy on April 4, 2007 and he is the most wonderful joyous baby ever!  This past week, however, my anxiety and depression just came back out of the blue - and with a vengeance!  My husband doesn't understand and really doesn't seem to care either so I have no one to talk to or rely on at home!  I wake up in the morning again and start the attacks first thing.  Then comes the anticipatory feelings, the feelings that I want to cry...I am always looking at my face in the mirror to see if it is red or if my pupils are big, etc.  I know I am feeding it, but can't help it!  I am taking 75 mg of Effexor XR and .5 mg of Xanax twice a day.  (They aren't really helping).  Is this normal since I just had a baby, or is the anxiety really back?  Thanks for reading and listening everyone!!

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   Posted 5/20/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Having a baby throws out your hormones big time. It sounds like you've got post natal depression with anxiety thrown in. Unfortuently for us girls once we have a bout of depression, having a baby and menopause are big risk times for us.

Depending on how long you've been on the meds it may be time to see your doc about adjusting them. Do you have any post natal support groups where you live? I found them such a big help when I was going through PND and lacking a supportive partner.

Take care, AA

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   Posted 5/20/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   


Thanks for replying.  I am not sure if there are any groups like that around my area...I haven't looked into it.  Can't we be given a break anywhere along the lines?  lol  I mean we deal with anxiety and panic and something always seems to make it worse!  It helps to know that hormones may be at play here and will hopefully get back to normal and the anxiety will cease once my body readjusts.  I am trying to take it one day at a time, but sometimes it is very difficult!  I will also give my doc a call and see what they suggest.  Thanks again, Aussie!!


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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Effexor takes 6-8 weeks to work, and you may need to double or triple the dose. But in my experience of 10 years it DOES banish depression, given time. Hang in there


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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Here in the states they call this postpartum depression. There's lots and lots of info on the net about this, but I have difficulty understanding it with any authority because I'm a guy and all. Apparently it can be a pretty serious issue for lots of women. Are these meds you were on prior to your pregnancy or have they been prescribed recently? If you're just going back to what you were on before, perhaps a change is needed since hormones are partly to blame now? Just an idea.
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