Kristin shares what has helped her overcome postpartum depression, PPD.
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When I was recommended—when I had a nurse recommend a book to me, I went out and got it and it was called the Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold and it was an amazing book because the minute I opened the pages, there was my life. It listed all the different symptoms of depression exactly what I’ve been going through. It validated what I was going through. Finally, I had a name. I wasn’t just this loser who couldn’t function, who was crying and throwing up everywhere. I was—I had postpartum depression and there was a treatment for it, and I just—a whole world opened up to me and I went it. I actually called in Donna and went in to see her and she was phenomenal. She helped me start to pick up the pieces of my life, and through psychotherapy and also starting antidepressants, I was put on Prozac, I suddenly became a new person in a matter of two weeks. And that’s when the medication started kicking in and my symptoms started dissipating. I was in therapy for about a year and dealt with not only the issues that were compounded during the experience of suffering from postpartum depression but also issues that came up from the past, dealing with my son’s death and other issues. It was so helpful. I just can’t say enough for the combination of medication and psychotherapy, and having a book to read where you read stories of other women and you feel so validated because you know you’re not alone. You’ve got a whole community out there who have been where you are and they know exactly what you’re going through.
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