I'm dealing with something that is not real easy right now and I am wondering if anyone else has these issues. Anxiety has been an issue for me during postpartum depression. I had my first panic attack after my second daughter was born and since then it has been a regular part of the postpartum experience for me. Anti-depressants work, I usually am fine after they have time to kick in. But it's not fun for the few days until that happens.
I deal with anxiety at other times too, but not usually panic attacks, I can usually handle it fine and keep myself from going too far down (or else it is just easier to control at those times). Not sure which. But with the surprise of this pregnancy, our lives in huge transition as we prepare to move overseas, and all the worry I have over dealing with the stres of the change, I have been dealing with anxiety almost every evening. Usually I can ignore it to the point that I can get to sleep and everything looks better in the morning. But last night I had a panic attack, the first one I've ever had during pregnancy, and it was scary. It took forever to get to sleep last night and I didn't sleep well (not getting enough sleep seems to then make it worse for me, so this might be a viscious cycle). And for the first time things did not look better in the morning.
I'm not sure what my treatment options are during pregnancy, I've never had to pursue actual medical treatment while being pregnany, only afterwards. I'll definitely be talking to a doctor though because I can't live like this for 9 months. Things could possibly get better when I start physically feeling better, but that also is still a few weeks off. I just wondered if this is something anyone else has dealt with. It would be nice to know I'm not alone in this.