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    Worried about postnatal depression/anxiety returning

    I would appreciate some advice. I had anxiety and depression after the birth of my second child, who is now 13 months. I saw a psychiatrist, who diagnosed GAD and prescribed Lexapro. I took 10mg for 2weeks, starting mid OCt 2011 and then increased to 15mg.I got out of that terrible place and I never want to go there again. (I was completely convinced that I had cancer and I was going to die prematurely, leaving my young children). I did well and, wanting to close the door on the whole horrendous chapter, weaned myself off in 5 mg increments every 2 weeks in apr/May 2012 without seeing the doctor, a decision I am now questioning but I was ok for a few months. Over the last month or so, I have had days, 2-3 at a time and for about a week when my son turned 1where the sadness, intrusive thoughts and sense of futility and inevitable loss are there - not as bad as before, but enough to remind me of it and be upset that I can't just shake the sadness. My 4 yr old questions re death is a trigger
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    I can understand that you are concerned, however it does sound as if you need help already and I would suggest that you return to your specialist as soon as possible. Having a previous history of postnatal depression is one of many factors that can put you at greater risk. You might find the following information helpful - just click on the links
    http://www.womhealth.org.au/factsheets/pnd.htm
    http://www.womhealth.org.au/libraryservices/booklists/Postnatal%20_depression.htm
    This information is NOT an instead for the kind of specialist care you need as soon as posssible.

    Brenda
    Women’s Health EducatorHealth Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane). Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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