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wondering where to get help
May 20, 2001
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mama
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I've had a rough year. Since january I've had a third child and since then all three of my children have been in the hospital for one thing or another (my children are 3, 19 mos, and 4 months). We were also hit by a drunk driver and I have been suffering from back pain. After all that, little things that come up make me crazy, like money stuff or the kids fighting. And I have nightmares alot, and I'm critical of myself all the time. I start crying and my three year old wonders what is wrong with me. I don't want to go to the doctor because I don't want to be on antidepressants. I know I need help, but I was fine until things just started happening. I'm glad this is anonymous, because I have a hard time talking to people. My family just makes me feel worse.

May 20, 2001
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Honey, You are probably just wore out. Maybe post partum depression...it takes a year or more for the body to recover. Body and mind are fused.....hormones....
While you may be afraid to go to the doctor, it is the right action to take. Maybe he/she won't suggest antidepressants, maybe he/she will suggest something else for your symptoms. Maybe he/she will just talk to you and that will help. Honey don't be afraid of the doctor, and please tell the doctor all you feel. This step will definately help in your recovery. Please Honey do it.

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Chippy

May 20, 2001
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Mama,
Go to the doctor. He can't force you to take anything if you express your feelings of not wanting to. However, just the fact that you take a step to find out the cause of your being upset, (not to mention all the hard things that have come your way) will in itself make you feel better that you are doing something about it for yourself. Nobody else can take the step for you, so go for it. What do you have to lose at this point?

May 20, 2001
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Just the three kids and their ages are enough to make any mama crazy, where is your help? Call the church, call the family, but this is so much for a new mama to deal with, its gonna take more than calgon bath oil for you but it is a good start. This is no time to try to do it all, You simply must go to the doctor, maybe its just as simple as being low on iron, and no heavy meds required, but if you don't take care of you who is gonna take care of the kids when you can't any more????

May 20, 2001
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Mama,

Being a mother to three children is a difficult task. Maybe you need a little break to get out from under the day to day pressure. Perhaps a family member or friend can lend a hand for a few hours so you can have some "mental Health time" Getting away for even a short time can make things look brighter when you return. Are you getting rest when the children rest? Is anyone helping you around the house? You didn't mention your husband....maybe he isn't aware of the pressure you're under. Parents should share responsibility so one doesn't get burned out.

A visit with the Doctor will definitely rule out a physical ailment. It's a good place to start.

Good luck.

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