Hello to all of you, amazing warriors!
I am very grateful to all of you, who have the courage to share experience with this awful disease and help others.
My sister lives in Somerset, UK and had been diagnosed with PP 12 days after giving birth of a beautiful baby boy. At the beginning of December, she was admitted to hospital and after a month there, moved to Mother and baby unit. She seemed to be coping really well there and she was discharged after 2 weeks. She is on Olanzapine and from 20 mg she is currently on 15 mg.
Once she got home, a severe depression kicked off and she found it very difficult to bond with the baby. My sister refused to take any antidepressant medications as advised from the doctors. Her husband and my sister believed that she can "get over" it without medicine and they will do more harm to her than help. My sister is still experiencing a depression, an enormous loneliness and fear of the baby and she "doesn't know" how to look after him. One day she feels fine, on the next day she is feeling really low and she also has suicidal thoughts.
My main concern is that my parents came from abroad to help and stayed with her for 2 months, but they had to go back and my sister is now dealing with the baby on her own during the day, by the time her husband comes home from work. My sister believes that the Olanzapine should be also reduced.
How many of you succeeded in beating the depression with no medical help? Have any of you felt fear of the baby and what helped you to bond. Any advice of how to help her, will be well appreciated.