I don't know if I would say for sure any of these things are a sure sign of postpartum depression, but I know that I have found them to be true for me.
- Feelings of anger or irritability when I know that I have no reason to feel that way.
- Lack of focus or drifting in and out of thought, loosing time. Suddenly 3 hours will have passed and I am not sure what I just did.
- I have days where both eating all day long or not having any appetite at all tell me I am having a hard time.
- Weepiness is a sure sign for me.
- Sometimes I feel great when I got to bed, get a good nights sleep, but when I wake up, I just don't want to move. I really have to talk myself into getting up.
- When I am feeling low I have a terrible time sleeping.
I know that Zoloft is the type of medicine that takes time to work, that it builds up over weeks, but the very first few days I took it, I noticed a difference right away. Just enough for me to see how depressed I was, clear enough for me to relax and help get control of my emotions. I can also tell if I have forgotten to take it. I have my weekly pill box, and if it was not for that, I would never know if I actually took it. I can take it, walk out of the room and a minute later have to ask my husband if I actually took it. I have days that go by and I start feeling great, I think that is when I forget to take it, and within a few days my ups and downs start blending together.
I have gotten much better at remembering to take it. I try to take it first thing in the morning when I am passing out vitamins. And that seems to work. I am working on it, trying not to forget that I am depressed and that I need to remember to take Zoloft everyday. I just though a PPD update was due, and thought I would share a few more things to look out for.
You can also read about how I discovered I suffering from Postpartum Depression in this post, Postpartum Depression: Mama's Losin' It. If you think you might have PPD, please talk to someone about it.