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Best non-medical tips to beat PPND
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:58:35 AM »
Hello everyone,

I'm a 36 yo french dad, and I've been experiencing PPND for a few months, with the birth of my first born son, Georges (4 months old now).
Georges is doing fine, and so is his mother, but I'm having a really hard time : anxiety, very bad sleep, low mood, feeling trapped. I'm seeing a therapist, and it helps a lot but it seems like recovery takes time, as I'm not taking any medication. I'd like to have your advise on the best practices you've tested outside medication and classic therapy : what worked for you, particularly if you had anxiety matters.

Thanks a lot,

Re: Best non-medical tips to beat PPND
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 07:19:07 AM »

First, thanks for posting on the site.  It really takes a strong person to know that things aren't going the way you would of liked and to do something about it to be a better husband and father.  I got help and it did eventually involve taking medication but for those who want to avoid them, I believe there are a few things that really helped me along with medication.

1. Excercise, Excercise Excercise!!  I can not stress enough how much this helps.  It is a natual anti-depressant.  it relieves stress and anxiety and helps your self esteem.

2.  Have a good diet.  goes along with #1 and will make you look and feel completely different

3.  Avoid drugs/alcohol to numb the anxiety or depression.

4.  Communicate a lot with your spouse and don't let your emotions build up inside.

I hope this helps.

Re: Best non-medical tips to beat PPND
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 05:52:00 PM »
yes, I totally agree with @rssooner, It helped me a lot this way, communication is important and I think 1-night good uninterrupted sleep after I talked with my wife helped me get myself reset. I also occasionally go riding around with my electric unicycle when I feel like trapped and have 10-15 minutes to spare. gives me some fresh air and see a bit the outside world. it does revive my mood again. I also take some vitamin supplements but for that maybe you should consult a nutritionist