I think I have PPA..... — The Bump
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I think I have PPA.....

I didn't even know PPA existed until I started researching signs and symptoms of PPD...but I'm pretty sure I have it.

When I first had DD, my anxiety was all over the place. My heart would jump at the smallest cry and a full on cry made me feel like I was being kicked in the gut while having a heart attack and panic attack all at the same time.

When DD was about 3 weeks old, it stopped...but then it returned.

Everything makes me jump. It honestly takes everything I have to run the vacuum because the sound plucks at my nerves. When DD cries during a diaper change or change of clothes, my hands shake so bad that I usually have to leave her clothes unbuttoned until she calms down. I tried to play Call of Duty the other day with my husband and I just couldn't because with every loud noise, I had a mini meltdown and would drop the controller. Even if I know there's a loud sound coming, it scares me to death nonetheless.

I have an appointment with my MW in a few days, but I wanted to see if anyone could give me some information on how PPA is treated, if it gets better, ect.

Thanks in advance!


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Re: I think I have PPA.....

  • i have PPD/PPA and i'm on zoloft daily and xanax as needed. medication helps and you will feel better! 
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  • I was diagnosed with PPA at 15 M PP. You described my exact symptoms. I was so wound up when my LO would cry, I just couldn't deal with it. 

    I started on Remeron, which helped with my sleeping issues that came as a result of anxiety. I got off the Remeron, then I started a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class BEST THING IVE EVER DONE FOR MYSELF! I suggest looking to see if you could find a class in your area. It has helped me be a better mother, I promise, not to mention what it's done for my anxiety.

    I also have Klonopin for when the anxiety gets too bad. I think a mix of meds and therapy can be extremely helpful.  

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