I had my baby two years ago and since then, I've experienced panic attacks. What is normal to experience in postpartum depression? When should a woman see a doctor?
When a woman is experiencing this, she will be tearful, fatigued, feel worthless, etc. Our biggest concern is when a woman experiences this more than two weeks after delivery. Then she may need psychiatric care and/or medication. Those patients who remain depressed can benefit from medication such as Zoloft.
This is a very real disease and the patient must be supported by her family and medical community. The rare patient who becomes psychotic is disassociated from reality.
For your panic attacks, you may want to consider regular sessions with a counselor and medication. It is absolutely not something to be embarrassed about. Many people experience panic attacks. It can be treated. There's no reason for you to suffer.
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