Tuesday, October 20, 2009


It seems that any ill we have now a days has a pill that we can take to cure it.

I went to the doctor's yesterday for a routine check up, while talking it came out that I am tired (nothing to do with a new baby being around) and I asked to have my iron checked. By the end of the conversation my doctor is trying to convince me that I have postpartum depression and that some anti-depressants will really help. (Apparently, he had just come from a conference that said 30% of all women have postpartum depression and even though I don't fit the "classic" case, I could probably get more energy by taking the drugs.)

So I asked my doctor if there was anything else I could do! He had a few suggestions but came back to the drugs. Just for everyone's information there is A LOT you can do besides drugs. For more information on the Depression Recovery Conference coming to SLC, this November 7 and 8, contact edfilajr@yahoo.com.

Anyway, slightly on the same note, check out the Parental Consent Act of 2009.

I Support It!
You should too, for your children's safety.


Becky said...

I have never had a doctor suggest anti-depressants to me but then again I have only ever complained of being cold all the time. Turns out that is not depression related. Perhaps it is the only thing that is not depression related anymore.
Good job sticking to your guns. Did you tell the doctor about the recent studies showing that people who take anti-depressants for depression actually reduce their chances of recovering? I bet they didn't tell him that at his conference. I'm telling everyone I know!

Kristi said...

I had something so similar happen to me a few years ago. I was student teaching at the time and really stressed out. I wasn't sleeping well, and I felt nauseous all the time. I thought I might be pregnant, so I thought I would go to the doc to take a test and if that wasn't the case, then the doctor could tell me what was actually making me sick. Well she refused to give me a preg. test because of the dates of my last period, and the doctor proceeded to tell me that I sounded depressed. She had me fill out a survey about depression, and when she came back to check on me, she already had to pills in her hand. She hadn't even read my survey yet!!! I told her that I didn't think I was depressed. She said that I was and that I should start taking medicine. I told her I didn't want to. The worst part is I started crying because I was so mad that she wasn't listening to me. Then she had me schedule a follow up appointment and told me that the pills might make me a little nauseous at first. HELLO?!?! That was why I came to the doctor in the first place. It made me so mad. I threw the pills in the trash when I got home and bought my own preg. test. Then I started doing yoga, and I felt lots better. :) Oh, and I never went back to that doctor!

By the way, I've heard low iron is common in breastfeeding mothers. If you are nursing still, make sure you're taking a vitamin with iron in it. Hope you feel better soon!

Christine said...

Amen! Where is the common sense these days? If being tired qualifies one for depression, I must be REALLY depressed! LOL.

Good for you. :) Take care of yourself and that cute baby! (Oh, and Michael too.)

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