I have postpartum depression/psychosis, is this a hormonal imbalance I can cure?

I have a six months old did a c-section and 3 days after coming from the hospital, i felt stressed, sad. I was not treated good in the labour room and after I had the baby.
While pushing I heard like something cracked in my lower back. Then I had suicidal thoughts, wanted to hurt other people and the baby. I was just overwhelmed. I have postpartum depression/psychosis. I have been going to several doctors and I have been on these medications: Valium 5mg, risperdone, epilim quetiapine amitriptyline, flouoxitine, stimuloton. These are both antidepressants and antipsychotics and none of them worked. I think my brain is chemically imbalanced and it might be from my hormones. They were not tested. They have said why I am suffering from it is because I was not ready for the child and blah blah blah. Btw I think it is more than that. I think I might be suffering from hormonal imbalance. Cause a lot of ppl has gone through more stress than me and they were not diagnosed with this.
> If it is a hormonal imbalance, by curing it, can it cure depression
> What do u think?

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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

a dramatic drop in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in your body may contribute to postpartum depression. Other hormones produced by your thyroid gland also may drop sharply — which can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and depressed.
It is usually treated with psychotherapy moreover medications.
Try to do yoga..meditation ..walking ..go out to work or to shopping..socialize..
Thanks.

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

In my opinion this is common if this is your first baby , however your symptoms are more than you should expect ,
First you need to check your estrogen , progestron , T4, TSH
Your symptoms are typical to hypothyroidism

If you are not breast feeding then you can use 10mg hydroxyzine every 8 hours

Good Luck

Dr Masr
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Dr Masr
This is most probably postpartum depression, i do agree with you that there is hormonal imbalance, you do understand your body and thats great, Thats why women are more prone to problems with mood during their hormonal fluctuations. These periods of vulnerability include puberty (menarche), premenstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Like premenstrual syndrome… The most accused hormone for this is PROGESTERONE, i think you will overcome this problem , you re already diagnosing yourself Meet your mental health specialis, u need psychotherapy, group therapy, try to meet others, read more about childhood and parenting.. If you still having suicidal thoughts,… Read more »
Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
you are absolutely right.
post-partum psychosis and similar conditions are seen in about 20% of women.
most common cause is a gross hormonal imbalance.
Usually this gets cured spontaneously with time,but if symptoms are severe,get hormonal levels checked and start appropriate medicines.
consult a endocrinologist.
thanks

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