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I've just been diagnosed with postpartum depression and I'm totally

I've just been diagnosed with postpartum depression and I'm totally freaked out b/c I was told the drugs could take 6 months to kick in -- but i have to go back to work in 10 weeks!! Has anyone else had to go back to work while they have postpartum depression?

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    Six months for antidepressants to start working is too long. There should be some change within 3-6 weeks or it's not the right medication for you. But post-partum depression is still depression, and medication is not the complete treatment. Best practice is both medication and therapy. Other things that work as well include sunlight, walking, exercise, etc. The more self care that you do, the faster you can recover. You need to continue self care and treatment after you return to work too, so that you can keep getting better and stay healthy.

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    My meds took about 3 months to regulate. I was on some that put me in a snippy attitude so they changed them about one month in. And the dosage on the new one took a while to calibrate and we had to add a more quick acting medication as needed. Luckily my doctors worked with me

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    How many weeks has it been since you had your baby? There are natural ways to re-balance your hormones that work with the medication that may speed the re-balancing of your hormones, which what postpartum depression is, such as specific nutrition, herbal products, body treatments and personal care. I spent 20 years in Asia so far and studied the most holistic post-baby recovery program in the world, which is why I'm deeply familiar. I also am a country coordinator for Postpartum Support International.

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