Depression Part 2.
Some of the more serious forms of depression.
Clinical depression can usually be manageable if handled properly. The patient can lead a normal life,with medication and only the occasional relapse into deep depression (See Depression Part 1, by Dim Flaxenwick).
Post-natal , or postpartum depression can be positively dangerous if ignored.
Every new mum will have days where she feels she cannot cope, whether it is the 1st child in the family or the 5th. but continuous and/or deep depression needs to be addressed for the sake of the whole family. It´s not unheard of for new mums´to do serious harm to themselves or their babies.
I am not wanting to frighten any pregnant women or new mums., The majority of us don´t get this problem, but a few who ignore post-partum depression can go on to developing postpartum psychosis, which is dangerous for mother and baby
So much heartache could be avoided by talking to your doctor or midwife.
I recently went for a visit to the the place I call home., excited to see family and friends.
One day I ´d arranged to meet Jenny and Roy, who sadly had a stillborn baby about 7 years ago,. They both recovered very well by taking care of the 2 children they already had and working together in a small family business. They generally got on with life.
I knew that Jenny had suffered occasional bouts of depression and we used to talk it through when I lived there. She didn't want to take antidepressants and seemed to cope quite well as long as she could have a good cry and tell me everything.
Nothing could have prepared me for the person who turned up to meet me this day. Jenny was speaking so fast I could barely understand her. Her hands were shaking and the more she talked and kept looking behind her, the more the word schizophrenia kept popping into my mind.
Roy turned up after parking the car . He was unusually quiet, after the initial hugs and joyful chat at seeing one another again.
So I listened, and listened to Jenny rambling, then asked if she´d seen a doctor. She had!
In fact only a few months ago she´d had a complete nervous breakdown and been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I´d never heard of it., but it explained to my own mind why the word schizophrenia had kept coming to my mind.
It was the saddest afternoon of my visit home. At least 3 times she asked Roy where had I gone., or if I was coming back............... I was sitting opposite her at the table.!!!
When i got to a computer I immediately looked for BPD.
Reading through the symptoms , I could see that my poor friend had 8 out of the 9 symptoms
listed., including suicidal thoughts, fierce temper tantrums, paranoia,. Totally unstable, to say the least.
Thankfully she has a calm husband, doing all he can to help her. NOT EASY
Roy had spent one night in a jail cell because Jenny went to the police in hysterical mode, telling the police her husband had beaten her up.
While Roy languished in his cell, Jenny was taken to the local hospital, where the doctors had to tell her teenage son and the police that the cuts and bruises she had were simply NOT conducive to a beating. They were, however, classic injuries for someone who has needed to be forcibly restrained.
This, of course is what her son had to admit had happened. He and his dad had needed all the strength they could muster between them to hold her back when she was going berserk!!
I hated having to leave this lovely family we´d been so close to for years., but at least now she is being treated for the right disorder. How things will turn out , though is unknown.
Only an expert in these fields can really help the patient but family and friends support is vital too. A person with any serious mental disorder shouldn't spend too much time alone. (See ¨The little girl, the soldier, and his shiny boots¨¨by Dim Flaxenwick here on hubpages)
When I got home that night to the relative sanity of my sons´house, I felt drained, sad and then horrified......... as I realised that in 2 days time I was due to spend the day with my old friend Helen. (See Loved Ones Who Self-Harm by Dim Flaxenwick on hubpages)
Helen now spends her days heavily sedated so she no longer cuts herself,. But her depression runs so deep, she is still at suicidal level and I always wonder when I wave her goodbye if I´ll ever see her again.