Firstly I'd like to say thanks for all the information on the forum. It's the first time me and my partner have actually felt understood as most information we have found has either just been on depression or scary!
I suffered PP after the birth of my first daughter (she is now 8 months old). My symptoms were quick to come on and luckily I was treated quickly and put on Olanzapine which stopped the psychosis quickly. I have had severe depression since but am coping ok on my meds (Aripiprizole and Venlafacine) now and feel quite stable. I avoided hospital by living with my parents and them and my partner working round the clock to care for me and my baby.
Although I generally feel better and am coping with the side effects for the most part I am really struggling with my confidence. My partner has been on a career break and has been truly fantastic but I am fixing it hard to be alone with my baby. When he is around I can do everything and feel fine but I get anxious about being alone with her . I have read that a few of you have had the same issue but you all seem to have recovered. Is confidence something that will just come back with time or is there anything that could help? I am now going to some baby groups and we are making a timetable to build up the time my partner stays away. I'm just worried this won't be quick enough before my partner has to go back to work.
Any suggestions welcome and I will try most things! Thanks very much in advance.