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Old 05-14-2018, 03:08 PM
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Hello Samnis: I'm sorry you are having this distressing experience. Since this is your first post, here on PC, welcome to PsychCentral. I hope you find the time you spend here to be of benefit.

To be honest, I don't really know a lot about this. (I'm not a mental health professional.) However there are a couple of thoughts I can share. You mentioned you've been taking a couple of psych med's now for about 2 weeks. This is not a lot of time within which to know if the particular med's you're taking, at the dosages you've been prescribed, are going to work for you. It can take a while to "get it right", so to speak. My personal non-professional opinion would be you'd probably need to give it at least 4 to 6 weeks. (But certainly it may make sense to be back in touch with your prescribing physician sooner than that if for no other reason than to let them know you're still struggling.) Also, you didn't mention what type of physician you're receiving the prescriptions for these med's from. I think the general consensus of opinion is that, when it comes to psych med's, it's really best to be seeing a psychiatrist.

The other consideration here, from my personal perspective, is that you didn't mention anything with regard to seeing a mental health therapist. I hope you are doing so. Psych med's are fine. Many people take them... some for a short time... some for years. But they're not the answer in-&-of themselves, in my opinion. It's vitally important that you have someone you can talk with, at length & in depth, regarding what you are experiencing. (It can take a few tries to find the right therapist for you. Not every therapist works well with every client.) But finding one you feel comfortable with would, it seems to me, be crucial.

Family therapist, Kati Morton, has a couple of videos on her YouTube channel on the subject of postpartum depression. Here are links to those videos:

https://youtu.be/jAYRqIRkaR0

https://youtu.be/49LbNLMWZwM

Also... here's a link to an article, from PsychCentral's archives, by our host Dr. John Grohol, Psy.D. on the subject of post partum depression. In this article, Dr. Grohol also provides links to a number of other articles on the subject:

https://psychcentral.com/disorders/p...um-depression/

I wish you & your family all the best...
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