Hi Ladies, I had my GP appointment yesterday - what a difference it has made. He was so understanding and very knowledgeable about PP - such a stark contrast to my experience 18yrs ago. He was very understanding, reassuring and supportive but most of all I felt that my anxieties around relapse have reduced. He helped me to understand that it is the stress of the current situation with my daughter that has triggered these memories and that my feelings and reactions are normal given the circumstances. It was such a relief to hear as I know my anxieties around relapsing and feeling out of control were adding to my distress. He told me that I am very much in control of what happens in terms of choices of treatment and agreed that time off work is what I need at the moment - he mentioned medication as a possible option but said he thinks that continuing counselling would be more beneficial in the first instance. I told him about this forum and the peer support which he agreed is a positive thing for me to be involved in - he said that it is important not to be isolated.
I was so scared to go to the GP after PP as I did not feel heard or understood - now I am grateful that I have that support in place. It just shows the importance of the right care at the right time - I would urge anyone who is struggling to access help as things have really moved on.
Even though my situation itself has not changed the support I have in place is really making a difference.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend - and remember if you are struggling, you are not alone.
I am so grateful for the support I have received from APP and this forum - you are all earth angels - Thank you xxx