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    Hi I dont normally post alot on here, but i feel I need someone to vent to, since I'd rather keep this matter or as some called dirty laundry kept private. Well here goes, I became an Uncle about 2 weeks ago. Everything was fine until about last week when my sister was diagnosed with post partum depression, well shit hit the fan yesterday, I can home from working out aka physical therapy, and my mom told me I was in for a shock. She said my sister was out of it. I kinda brushed it of and thought ah shes just a little stressed or something. I'm not joking I was in for what would be the shock of my life. My sister would soon in less then 24 hours display symtoms of psychosis. I was very in deep shock, I wont go deep into details of what the behaviors she displayed were but, they were very shocking first she expressed paranoia, goverment out to get her, then random unorganized conversation. I told her to come into my room and watch a movie while my parents figuired out what to do, I wheel around and she has around 20 or so dvds stacked on the table and says Man In 9 months youve changed to much dvds around you should have told me. Ya its hard to explain that but it shocked me, their where other things to like looking for her pills, but when i asked my mom she whispers she doesnt have any. yikes i thought. Then while watching tv she says random things at the tc like her boyfriends name , and some other random things i kinda got scared at that point. This morning was the turning point, she didnt sleep all night, neither did my mom as she was tending to my sister and my sister daughter. My mom called my sister mother law to get my neice. At this point this morning my sister got violent, foul language aimed at my mother and father, she freaked out the night before when i transphered into a chair and also this morning when she seen me. It made her sad to see me in a chair I told her i was all right. Well long story short, I did some investigation on the computer this morning, I didnt want to do my own diagnosis but she did show signs of post partum sycosis. This shit is very scary. I am upset about what is going on, I am even more upset that my mom has to deal with this shit, she just got over me being in the hospital and I finally started to get my life back and shit starts looking like the puzzle would be put back together and now this happens. I know that this stuff happens for a reason, It certainly has made my mom strong, Its like god is making us strong or preparing us for something to come. Sorry if this doesnt make alot of sense or for the spelling errors, im just typing cause this is making me feel better. Well anyways we had to seek medical attention...... I think what makes me the madest is that my mothers sister and mother, my grandmother think everything is their dam buisness. My mom is scared to tell them cause she knows they will think they can fix the situation. ya right. I pray to God that this is from my sister being on to much medication, or that she will snap out of this. Well thanks for hearing me out. I'm not really freaked out but I think thats cause im trying to distract myself and hold it together for my parents. I feel so horrible for them cause both their children have problems. I know everything will get better but shit,how much stuff can be thrown our way.
    Last edited by outdoorsman; 19 Apr 2008, 1:29 AM.

    #2
    Man, I'm sorry for you and your family that this is happening. It is one of the most horrifying experiences I know of, to see a loved one's psychosis. I'm not sure which was worse, when I first saw the scared-to-death look in my son's eyes as he listened to the voices telling him terrible things, or when I found that my wife had become paraplegic. I hope that for your sister this will pass in time. In the meantime, try to remember that it isn't really her talking, and that the sister you love is still in there, struggling to get out. It's not easy, though.
    Best wishes,
    - Richard

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      #3
      Well When my sister was with my dad at the hospital she kept telling him to calm down and she knew she was safe now, it madr me want to cry when he told me and my mother this, I know my story didnt describe much of what happend but this was not my sister, i couldnt express myself well enough in my typing to show her behaviors. This morning she also turned the Tv and the radio up full blast and kept doing this. We had to keep turning them down. She never said she heard voices but she would talk to things....like the tv. She also started to become violent lashing out and cursing. We took her to the proper help at that point

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        #4
        Ya we are just praying that she comes out of this

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          #5
          I hope you guys took her to the hospital. She will be OK with the proper treatment. Clearly you love her. It is very scary to see someone you love change so radically. But your family is smart enough to figure out what is going on with her, I have no doubt you guys will come through this well. You seem to all stick together, and thats great. I wish all of you well.
          Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            #6
            Oh man. What a situation. I hope your sister pulls through this very soon for you all. This would be very hard on the nerves.

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              #7
              One of the guys at work - his wife ended up having to be hospitalized because of post-partum. I hope she recovers quickly. It's great she has a family that cares about her and got her the proper help quickly ... Andrea Yates had this (drowned her five children).
              Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

              T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                #8
                Originally posted by outdoorsman
                Ya we are just praying that she comes out of this
                Xians say, god helps those who help themselves. Your sister doesn't need prayer right now. She needs immediate medical attention. Have you spoken to a doctor yet? Taken her to the ER? What are you waiting for?

                C.

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                  #9
                  Outdoorsman,
                  Post-partum depression and other symptoms are more common than most people are aware of. She will not just snap out of it. She needs help from a professional sort and quickly. This is not her fault, and many believe it is a chemical inbalance (as are most mental problems) after delivery. It is a very serious condition, but the good news is that it is also very treatable. Get her some professional help, and I am sorry this has happened.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Tiger Racing
                    Xians say, god helps those who help themselves. Your sister doesn't need prayer right now. She needs immediate medical attention. Have you spoken to a doctor yet? Taken her to the ER? What are you waiting for?

                    C.
                    Read AGAIN. P.M. me if you feel like spewing your B.S. This man obviously doesn't need your usual crap right now.

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                      #11
                      Hang in there Outdoorsman, and I'm glad your sister and your neice have such a loving and supportive family.
                      "We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other" U2

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                        #12
                        well actually as soon she become violent we recontacted the crisis prevention center, then took her to the hospital, at that point her behavior became uncontrolable, we had to have her hospitalized, an adult psych ward. This was beyond anything we ever thought we would have to do. We are not sure she has post partum pschcosis but the signs she showed were all there and what else could it be. she had a baby about 2 weeks ago and this is the time it generally happens. This was not post partum depression in my oppinion but alot worse. They did blood work nothing showed up, thyroid or over dose. Nothing, so obviously it is alot worse. I just witnessed the behavior she displayed and it was like nothing I had ever seen it was like out of a movie.
                        Today my parents visited her in the hospital, they said she could carry on about half a conversation but still out of it. I get to see her tommorow but I just hope im allowed to because for some reason my sister was getting very upset when she was seeing me at home when this was all going on. Like the spew of youll get better youll walk again, I had to tell her I'm fine right now and i am still alive and with her. I had to change the subject everytime something upset her. Im just hoping me seeing her doesnt throw her deeper into an emotional roller coaster.
                        Also they dont know what is wrong with her, It was my idea of the post partum psycosis, I did some research and it seems the most likely thing, I guess atleast by hoping its this it brings us comfort, hoping its nothing worse. It just seems logical cause she was diagnosed with post partum 3 days after having her, then got some meds then thats when it went down hill. And if you look up post partum psycosis its often misdiagnosed at post partum. She displayed all the symtoms so im hoping thats what it is cause its atleast cureable. Im just worried about going there tommorow.

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                          #13
                          It sounds like your instincts have been pretty good so far, just go with that regarding your visit tomorrow. It sounds as if you and your sister love each other alot. I'm sure whatever you do, it is with her best interest at heart so try not to worry about what hasn't happened yet.
                          "We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other" U2

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                            #14
                            Outdoorsman: I'm so glad that your family was so on top of this. Post partum depression and post partum psychosis are two separate things scale wise. Try to get in to see her as often as you can, even though early on it may not seem to make much difference at first, your visits will have an overall positive effect. Her improvement will be medication driven and it takes time for some of those drugs to show appreciable improvement to her condition. Once again I applaud you and your family for not ignoring the changes in her and for recognizing the seriousness of those changes. She will be well again in time. Take care of each other, she is very lucky to have all of you. And her baby is very lucky to have all of you too.
                            Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                              #15
                              From reading a bit about post partum psychosis, there could be a family history of bipolar or other mental illness. An Aunt, Uncle, Parent, Grandparent? If this is the case, then your diagnosis may be right doc!

                              In any case, I hope she stabilizes soon.
                              Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                              T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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