Kate Kripke, LCSW
1244 Pine Street
Boulder, CO 80303
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I love your blog! You are an AMAZING woman Kate! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!
I think, I have been struggling with postpartum ocd, since my son was about 5 months old, and now he is 2. I have never been diagnose, but some of the systems are there. I have been looking up this disorder for several weeks now. It’s like I’m having a war with my own mind everyday. I just want to be at peace with myself. I love my son very much and I can’t believe this is me and I’m going through this. I never use to be like this. It seems like some days the thoughts are gone, but then they return. It’s so frighting, I just want to be able to enjoy life again.:(
I am so sorry that you are going through this. Please know that you can find qualified help in your area by visiting http://www.postpartum.net and search under “get help”. Feel free to be back in touch if you need help getting connected.
Hi, Jessica. I too had postpartum anxiety/OCD that went undiagnosed for two years, so I deeply sympathize with you. There are several things you can do. Go to http://www.postpartumprogress.com and read the stories there. They gave me hope that I could return to my normal self. This amazing website is a treasure trove of information, including a huge set of pictures of women who look just like you: they give their names, where they live, and what their diagnosis is. They are also smiling and happy because they have recovered. It is totally possible and very likely that it will happen soon after you get treatment. By soon, I mean you will start to feel better in a couple of weeks. Treatment almost always entails taking an antidepressant. I took Zoloft, which was the most benign choice since I was 10 weeks pregnant with my second child when I started taking it. BTW, I had *no* postpartum anxiety/OCD symptoms with the second one. I didn’t like the idea of taking a pharmaceutical drug, but let me tell you that it WORKED and it worked QUICKLY. You don’t need a psychiatrist or even someone who specializes in postpartum depression to prescribe this. A fifteen-minute visit to your general practitioner, in which you say you feel a bit depressed, will result in a prescription. Do this immediately. And then take your time finding a therapist as Kate suggested. Sorry for the long reply, but I wanted you to know that you have plenty of company … except nobody ever talks about it. The postpartumprogress.com website saved my sanity and gave me hope. Kate Kripke helped me do the rest, as I was fortunate enough to live in her area. But just know that even though it might take you a while to find a therapist who is qualified to treat postpartum depression and that you like and relate to, you can get started feeling better immediately with a visit to your GP. Good luck!
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