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I can answer questions about PPD symptoms, direct people to helpful books and websites about PPD. I can answer questions about what treatments are available for PPD. 1 week after having my twins in 2007, I was hospitalized for severe Postpartum Depression. I spent a total of 5 days in in patient treatment, and was put on antidepressants. It took me 2 years to recover, and I still take it day by day. But I know my first hand experience and my willingness to share my story has helped other women come forward and seek help for their PPD. if you need help, call: 1-800-944-4PPD Helpline provided by Postpartum Support International.

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1 week after having my twins in 2007, I was hospitalized for severe Postpartum Depression. I spent a total of 5 days in in patient treatment, and was put on antidepressants. It took me 2 years to recover, and I still take it day by day. But I know my first hand experience and my willingness to share my story has helped other women come forward and seek help for their PPD. I know that acceptance of PPD and knowledge about its signs and symptoms is very limited in many cultures, including my own. I hope to help other mothers, fathers, and other concerned family members and friends recognize the importance of seeking treatment and help without fear of ridicule or judgment. I am here to lend a sympathetic ear to those who may be suffering from PPD and let them know I too have been there and they will get better!

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I am a second year graduate student in Medical Anthropology at the University of Memphis. I have a B.S. in Health Services Administration. I am not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose or treat anyone with PPD.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

great website! http://ppdhope.com/ PPD is curable!

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Even the best of health care providers will only identify 40% of cases. In turn, the mothers are secretive unwilling to reveal what they feel is proof of their inadequacy as mother, is going to get them labeled as mentally ill, be incarcerated or lose custody of their children.

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2014-01-16 Depression:

Dear Mishka's Mommy,  I am very sorry to hear for your loss. Anything experienced during pregnancy, especially the loss of a loved one, will make things seem even more depressing and upsetting. I am glad

2011-05-24 No Mom:

Dear Gracie,  You sound like you are going through a lot and are really upset about your mom and what happened. I can't really speak for your mom, but I do know that PPD is not normally a permanent condition

2011-05-21 No Mom:

Dear Gracie,  I am writing back to you at 1:34 am, because I couldn't sleep until I tried answering your question. It breaks my heart to read your letter. I canít imagine how it would feel to think that

2011-02-17 ppd and eating disorder:

I wouldn't say that the eating disorder and the PPD are linked. I think that having a history of an eating disorder and the added stress of a new baby would probably trigger you to start the disorder after

2010-08-19 post partum or not?:

Postpartum usually starts right before and immediately after giving birth. Your story sounds very familiar to mine, and having a history of mental health issues is a concern since that can exacerbate PPD

 

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