1. Not taking your medication exactly as prescribed: You should take your medication at the same time each day, every day, no matter how you are feeling. The exceptions are medications that your doctor has told you to take on an “as needed” or “as required” basis. If you have trouble remembering to take your pills, try setting an alarm on your phone, or always taking them at the same time as another daily activity, such as brushing your teeth.
2. Not asking for the help you need. Even if you know how important outside help is for your recovery, actually asking for it can be very challenging! You may not feel entitled to help, especially after your child is no longer an infant, or you may feel that you would be a burden. Remember that your family and friends want you to recover - you may be surprised at how willing they are to be supportive once they know what you need.
3. Being too hard on yourself. Recovery from any mental illness takes time - usually weeks to months. Be patient with yourself and remember that your mind and body have their own timeline for recovery. Once you start feeling even a little bit better it is tempting to start doing a lot more right away. Remember to take it slowly.
4. Overusing caffeine or alcohol. After nine months of limiting or avoiding caffeine and alcohol, it can be tempting to have too much after your baby is born. Remember to enjoy in moderation, as both can affect your mood and sleep.
5. Not obtaining a professional diagnosis. While women often know that something is wrong, it is important to consult a professional instead of diagnosing yourself. There may be physical concerns, such as low iron or thyroid problems, or mental health conditions beyond depression/anxiety, such as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, or post traumatic stress disorder. A comprehensive treatment plan will help you have full recovery.
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