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Postpartum depression

Hello - I am suffering from postpartum depression. I am irritable have anxiety about both of my children's sleep. I would never hurt my baby, but I have rage when I can't control the situation. I am moody, cry quite a bit and have been very short tempered. My doctor prescribed Zoloft, which I have not taken as I am weary of taking antidepressants. I am also breastfeeding. What can I do? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you
  Zylbs11 on 2012-06-28
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
There are several medications that may be relevant, but to determine what you need, please answer the following questions:

Body Type:
General appearance:
Have you used homeopathic medicines before? If so what, and what homeopathic potencies did you use?

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.

Parakletos; Practioner of classical homeopathy.
Parakletos last decade
112 Lbs
General appearance: tired, dark circles under eyes, skin dry, poor posture

1. Anger/rage mixed with joy. Anxiety.

2. Jittery feeling in the chest. Tingling hands and feet uncomfortable dry eyes. Clenching teeth.

3. Anxiety over not being able to have control. Anger/rage toward my baby. No patience with any member of my family

4. I feel as though I am going to explode. Like I want to scream and cry and hit something. I feel shame. I feel helpless.

5. Two weeks after I got home from the hospital once my husband returned to work.

6. 12:30 when my older child naps and between 5-10 pm

7. I'm not sure

8. Maybe hormonal

9. Dry weather/cool weather

10. I am moody, easily stress and overreact, arguing

- calm
- yes
- yes smell, light, Especially noise
- I don't feel a strong connection with friends. I miss my family terribly and I resent my husband
- yes I bite the inside of my cheeks

11. I fear that I will negatively impact the individuals that my children will become

12. I crave watermelon, salads, ice water. Aversions very spicy foods

13. Excessive

14. Normal

15. No

16. Normal - head and limbs

17. Regular, soft dark

18. Well when I can sleep. Right side lying

19. No

20. I don't think so

21. Just chamomile tea which makes me sleepy and calmer if I drink like4 cups

22. Heart disease

23. Tired, unatractive unkept

24. No cycles yet, I am breastfeeding

25. No major diseases but I have hpv

Thank you!
Zylbs11 last decade
I was treated by a homeopath as a child not sure for what but not since then I was younger than 10.
[message edited by Zylbs11 on Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:51:53 BST]
Zylbs11 last decade
Hello again. Thanks for the quick reply.

I think you should start treatment with a medicine called Ignatia. Begin with potence 200C. It may be that you need a higher potence later, so it may be practical to purchase both the 200C and 1M.

Once you have these remedies please contact me for an explanation of how to use them.

Regards; Dr.P
Parakletos last decade
Can this affect my breastfeeding infant in any way?
Zylbs11 last decade
Also, to clarify is this ignacia amara?
Zylbs11 last decade
No, only in a positive way, in that the child receives a calm and rested mother.

Parakletos last decade
Thank you very much
Zylbs11 last decade
I had to special order the dosages and will have them tomorrow afternoon. How should I take it once I have it?
Zylbs11 last decade
Depends if there are pills, tablets, granules, liquid.
Parakletos last decade
Boiron granules
Zylbs11 last decade
Okay, take 10 granules. Pour them into the lid to the container. Into the mouth, let them melt under your tongue before swallowing.
The medication must be taken at least half an hour before or after food. No coffee, caffeine. Or strong stuff, menthol, camphor.
After this wait 3-4 days. Please contact me after this. Or if something special happens.
Please ask if you have any questions.

Dr. P
Parakletos last decade
Thank you dr p. can I still drink my camomile tea? Or roobois tea?
Zylbs11 last decade
Yes, but be careful with chamomile. It's not good to drink too much of this herb.
Importent to take a break for 1 week or 2.
Parakletos last decade
How are you doing after Ignatia?

Parakletos last decade
Hi - i am picking it up tomorrow. How long after taking it should I notice a difference? What kind of change am I looking for? I have been feeling a little better in terms of anger, however, I am still very emotional and anxious. I also am crying a lot, although, I always have cried a lot.
Zylbs11 last decade
Very hard to predict when a homeopathic medicine begins to work. You can feel something almost immediately, or it may take a few weeks.
Just follow my instructions. The best time to take the medicine, is in the morning, an hour before meals and tooth brushing. Feel free to rinse your mouth with water before taking homeopathic medicine. Remember, no coffee or caffeine-containing products.

Dr. P
Parakletos last decade
Ok thanks. I will take it tomorrow morning and keep you posted.
Zylbs11 last decade
Hello Dr. P - I took the ignatia at 2am when I woke to feed my baby. I'm not sure if it is coincidental but I feel as though I was able to sleep very deeply. I also am noticing that I am clamping down on my teeth very hard and my jaw is a little sore. That's all I've noticed so far. Thanks for your help.
Zylbs11 last decade
This sounds like a positive sign, deep sleep.
This with the teeth / jaw can be a temporary thing. Hopefully it will be gone soon.
I hope you continue to give me feedback as you did now, very good. Thank you.

Parakletos last decade
Hello Dr. P -
I would say that in general my mood is better, however, I am still experiencing mood swings and moments where I loose my temper and my first reaction is to yell, though I have held the yelling in. I still cry as a reaction to sadness, anger, frustration sometimes over reacting to the situation. I still feel anxiety, but not nearly as strong as before. My sleep is deeper though not as deep as the first time I took the ignatia. I have had two instances of severe gas pain and one instance of a mild headache affecting the area above my nose in between my eyes. My mouth feels very dry and I am constantly thirsty but I don't like the feeling of drinking anything unless it is a warm tea.
Zylbs11 last decade
I wanted to add, when I loose my temper I have a tight feeling in chest, I supress it, but want to hit and yell and I clench my teeth. deep sighs make me feel better
Zylbs11 last decade
Okay, you should take another dose Ignatia, 200C.
Remember, take note of all changes. Physical and mental / emotional.

Dr. P
Parakletos last decade
In the am or right away? 10?
Zylbs11 last decade
sorry, but I do not understand.
But right away, yes!

Dr. P
Parakletos last decade

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