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Home Feels Different, 10 wks post partum

I should first preface this by saying that I'm almost 10 weeks postpartum with my first little boy. I feel that I'm struggling a little with postpartum depression, anxiety and maybe a little OCD but using my own coping mechanisms I feel much improvement and feel very loving and bonded towards my baby. My question isn't directly related to PPD, since this is something I've experienced on and off for years, it's just never lasted this long. I do have a history of anxiety/panic and maybe a little depression, but feel for the last few years, I really haven't struggled at all.

Now my question!: After bringing home the baby, I felt like my house was a totally different place. Everything was so foreign. Then I ventured out, went a few places and went to my moms house, and these places feel different too! Sometimes, like at my mother in law's house, I even forget where certain things are in her kitchen, though I should know since we moved from her house less than a year ago after living with her for 9 months. Has anyone experienced this before? This has happened to me in the past when I would be away from somewhere for a while (like when I moved from my parents house -- it felt different) but the feeling has never unsettled me so much. I think about it all the time and just wish everything felt "normal" again. I figured by 10 weeks postpartum I would have settled in by now, but it doesn't seem to be the case yet. I do feel tremendously better than when I first came home, and occasionally get glimpses of how I felt about places before, but I'm still not back to "normal." Also - it's worse on cloudy days. I do suffer from SAD each year from about February to May (next time I'm planning my due date better). What do you think?
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replied February 12th, 2018
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Since you identify your problems so well, the solution should be easy to find. Sometimes, this dissociation is due to the new change in life, and this is a major change with changes in hormones, body, mental makeup etc. Since you do suffer from this type of issues on and off, it will be really helpful to go for counseling and join support groups to learn tricks and tips of dealing with it. Sometimes medications are also prescribed.

Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance at the earliest. This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!



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