This is actually the first time I've ever visited this board and the reason I am is because I've had anxiety issues related to hormone changes in the past. I was on the birth control pill for 11 years and experienced some pretty severe anxiety the entire time. I kept asking my Dr's if it was related to the pill and they kept saying no. When I got off the pill I was fine - 2 years, no pill, no attacks. So I know when my hormones change I have a tendency to become anxious. I've had a few very minor attacks since becoming pregnant - I'm only a little over 9 weeks now so still VERY early. I AM much better at dealing with the attacks than I ever used to be. My attacks have only lasted between 5-8 minutes so far. I've been able to breath, sit with it, let it happen, and then I'm fine. Whereas before it would be an all day event. Just awful! I don't feel anxiety is effecting my everyday life so far and it's certainly not bad enough to warrant medication.
My question is, knowing that I am more likely to suffer from PPA, what are your suggestions for preparation? I was thinking of finding a counselor to talk with during pregnancy. Maybe a once a month thing up until the birth. That way I would be comfortable with them when I really needed their help. What other kinds of things would you recommend?
My hope is that I don't have to deal with this at all but knowing that this is quite unlikely I just want to be smart and be prepared.