Depression - Pawtucket,RI

Updated on September 21, 2011
P.C. asks from Pawtucket, RI
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I think that I am suffering from post partum depression and I am not sure where to turn to to get help. I can't stop crying anymore, I was able to keep it under control up until recently, but the flood gates have opened and I don't know what to do anymore. I don't want to be put on medication because I am still breastfeeding my little boy, so I don't know what other options there are available to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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H.W.

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P.,
The first time I was diagnosed with Depression, was by (believe it or not) my OB/GYN, when my daughter was 5 months old. He 'strongly recommended' that I consult my Primary Care Physician for treatment. As it turned out, my PCC sent me to an office (right here in my city) for both weekly counseling (with a psychologist) and medication (from a psychiatrist). The medication, although I can't stand taking medication, works. Works even better with the psychotherapy sessions. In short, consult your PCC or your OB/GYN.

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K.D.

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Hi P.,

All of this advice is very good. I personally did not suffer from depression but my sister did. She was severely depressed and went untreated for a while. She hid her depression and hit rock bottom hard. You've taken the right step in admitting that you are depressed. I've heard that taking medication and breastfeeding is not harmful to the baby. But if you are truly worried about it, stop breastfeeding. Your mental health is the most important thing right now. Like everyone else said, go to your Primary Care Doctor and get a referral. If they aren't helpful, your OB/GYN should have a wealth of resources on this subject. Take care of yourself and good luck!!

K.

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E.Z.

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My family has a HUGE history of depression. The older generations have not received help for it. My mother has been on medication for a couple of years. This past August, I had a breakdown. I lost both my grandmothers, my dad went to Iraq, my mom had major surgery, I was married and got divorced and I had to terminate a pregnancy. It finally caught up with me. I went to Butler Hosppital and was given the choice of staying there or doing their out patient program. It was the best choice for me and my daughter. I needed to learn how to deal with things and feelings that way she wouldn't have has hard of a time and be beaten by the depression. No matter where you decide to go for treatment, remember you are helping yourself and your children. They notice everything, the tears and the laughter.

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K.C.

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I also suffered from this for a long time without really knowing. I bagan seeing a therapist and realized that how I was feeling was not "normal". just seeing a counselor each week or so helpd me to seperate my feelings of depression from caring for my family. this may be all you need. contact your Dr. for a referral or ask someone you know who already sees one. good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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L.C.

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Hi P.,
There is a great program at Women & Infants Hospital for post partum depression. They have different options available for moms. They have a day program which or they have out patient treatment. I actually go there for outpatient treatment and my depression has gotten alot better. I think that just by you going and talking to moms that feel the same way that you do you will start feeling alot better and you will know that you are not alone. I am also a breastfeeding mom and I was kind of hesitatnt about going on medication but the phychiatrist assured me that it is absolutely harmful to my daughter. Anyways the phone number there is ###-###-#### ext 2870. Department of Behavioral Health they are located at 2 Dudley St. ( the building accross from Hasbro) in the 5th floor on the left hand side). If you want to talk you can always email me at [email protected]____.com luck!!

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D.B.

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Hi P.
I'd also recommend talking to your doctor for a referral to a therapist. If you have mild ppd, just talking to a professional may be all you need. If you need medication, there are options that are safe while breastfeeding. Best of luck
D.

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E.Y.

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Hi P.,

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