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I had a baby not too long ago, and since I gave birth, I have been experiencing panic attacks. My baby is fine and everything is the house is good, but for some reason I continue feeling the sensation that something is not right and that, eventually, something is going to happen to my baby or me. My husband thinks that what I am experiencing is the effects of the anesthesia, but I do not know if that is true. I do not want to go and see a doctor because I am afraid that he will think I am crazy. I am not crazy; I just get these panic attacks from time to time. The other night I woke up screaming because I thought that someone had broken into the house and was trying to steal my baby. Is feeling like this normal after giving birth? Should I go and see a doctor?
The New Mom
Dear New Mom,
I am sorry to be the one who tells you this but, yes, you need to go and see a doctor right away because what you are going through is not normal. One thing is to worry about having your baby at home and something happening to him/her and another completely different thing is to have panic attacks. That is not normal, especially after having a baby. Before things get out of hand, go and see a doctor and explain him/her what is that you are experiencing and see if together you guys can find a solution for the problem. Please, do not wait any longer and go and see a professional as soon as possible. The fact that you are seeing a doctor does not mean that you are crazy. It only means that, at this moment, you are going through some difficulties in your life and for the sake of your own well-being, you need to find a way to deal with these difficulties. I have to say that your husband may be right. This could be a reaction to the anesthesia but you will never know for sure unless you see a doctor. So, go ahead and make that appointment today. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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