Let me start by saying I am new to this board and I'm not even sure if I belong here but I am pretty desparate for answers. LO is about to have his 2nd birthday and I also suffered a M/C in early march of this year. I have always been mostly even-tempered (except for normal monthly PMS type emotions) and have always had an optimistic, happy personality. I am blessed with a DH and child that I adore and I love my life. I have experienced some minor anxiety since LO was born that has come and gone roughly once a month and had stayed very manageable and Ive never needed medication or anything.
I then experienced anxiety a couple weeks ago that has completely taken me over. I have seen my dr and she gave me something for the anxiety and feels very strongly that a lot of this is hormone related. I started back on BCP last month and bled through the entire first pack (sorry tmi). She wants me to take the anxiety meds until feel back to normal. The thoughts and fears caused by the anxiety are so irrational and I know they are but they are still crippling. Since starting the medicine the anxiety has stayed at bay with the exception of an occasional flair of it a couple times a day. I can't seem to get rid of the negativity and irrational thoughts.
My questions are these: have any of you heard of PPD coming on this long after LO was born? Also, dr says if I start on an antidepressant I have to stay on it for 6 months even if I feel better. Has anyone ever been told this by your dr? I am still a ball of emotions even though the anxious feeling has gone away but the thoughts and fears still linger. Any thoughts or advice is grateful appreciated. It is so nice to know I have a place to go for support besides my DH. Part of my concern is that this literally came over me in a flash like a wave.