Heidi shares her postpartum depression journey and how she over came it.
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Heidi: my name is Heidi and I am recovering from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. And my onset was that three months postpartum with my son, my second baby. And I realized at about three months that I was starting to have some symptoms of depression, some which arriving from activities that I usually normally do and appetite changes, sleeping disturbances and such. And so I decided to call my -- know some of my symptoms and decided to see if we should set an appointment to discuss postpartum depression. They decided over the phone that it sounded like they had that already and being a social worker myself and I working in the field they felt that my self diagnosing was sufficient, I guess. And so went ahead and started a medication that they called into the pharmacy for me. And within about two weeks my symptoms increased or worsened from depression to anxiety and I started to having panic attacks. And those persisted throughout the Labor Day weekend and I was not able to sleep or function. I was afraid to be near my children. I had three children and the baby always lay at the last. And I was afraid to be near them, because if they both had a problem at the same time, then I didn't know what I was going to do. It was very nerve racking to be like I was solely responsible for them. And so I continued to call my -- throughout the weekend and she stated that it was more than she normally handles. It's out of her skill practice and I would need to see a psychiatrist.
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