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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

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Also, the sheer amount of paperwork they bring home is maddening. There is always a pile of school papers on my counter. Next to all the unopened mail.
OMG! I know right? When did preschoolers and elementary school kids start bringing home REAMS of sh*t that you're supposed to read, sign, approve, return, etc., etc., EVERY SINGLE DAY?

On top of that, the school texts me at least 4-6 times per week along with robo-calls to go along with the backpacks full of paper trash that come home every day.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

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OMG! I know right? When did preschoolers and elementary school kids start bringing home REAMS of sh*t that you're supposed to read, sign, approve, return, etc., etc., EVERY SINGLE DAY?
It's the bane of my existence. What really ****** me off is that they BOTH get the same notices so I have double copies of everything!! Can they not figure it out so just one sibling gets all this sh*t? So that people like us can live a happy life free of excess paper?? And maybe the oldest sibling because my five year old brings all his papers crumpled up in little balls and usually covered in something sticky and unidentifiable.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

Haha robo-calls. I've always thought those were incredibly weird.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

When I had just my son I could manage it in a way that people thought I had ocd!
But With my twins turning age 4/5 I couldn’t keep up with the house hold, all the appointments and activities.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

I did great with two kids, especially since I worked full time and they were in daycare all day. I enjoyed the time I did get to spend with them after work and on weekends. I feel like I appreciated them more. After leaving work to stay home with them, everything fell apart. And then adding two more kids to the mix didn't help. I didn't know at the time that I had ADD and how much I relied on the structure of having a job. Now, I have no one to answer to or tell me what to do, my kids drive me crazy and I can't wait to get back to work My 5 yr old asks 50 million questions a day and I can't keep up. The grass is always greener, I guess. I know once I start working again, I will miss them like crazy.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

Oops, I used the c word on here again and now I can't edit it. Sorry if it offends anyone, I wasn't thinking, as usual.
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Re: How common is it for women to have symptoms get worse after having children?

I was never diagnosed until after my second kid was born...he was 4 months old, I realized I had postpartum depression, and that's when I first took any type of psych med (Zoloft). A year later, I was miserable so pursued therapy and a psychiatrist (my OB/GYN had been prescribing my Zoloft before that). Ended up on Lexapro and Wellbutrin, which worked much better for my particular flavor of apathetic depression, and with the therapy I figured out that my marriage was toxic and once I got divorced things got SO MUCH BETTER. The dust settled, I started to put two and two together and realized that my daughter has ADHD, and around the same time as I was learning more about it, I realized that even though my depression had gone into remission, I was still really disorganized, scatterbrained at times, lacking in motivation/drive, difficulty concentrating and constantly REALLY behind on my charts at work (I'm a pediatrician). Also definitely had the hyperfocus thing going on....I would get into my "projects" and not be able to break out of my hyperfocus to the point that my mom and ex-husband (still husband at the time) told me I wasn't allowed to Google anymore! LOL. A lot of the symptoms I had attributed to my depression were still alive and well long after my depression lifted. Not to mention the fact that I had (still have) a major coffee addiction and can also recall that in my early college days, I LOVED the heck outta Metabolife (that herbal weight loss/appetite supplement with ephedra that's no longer on the market). When I took it, I felt SO much better...I could actually get things done, and done ON TIME. I was so productive. I was happy and confident. Go figure. Anyway, ever since I figured all this out a year ago and started Adderall first, then transitioned to Vyvanse, it has been amazing how much better things have been.

But yeah, back to the topic at hand - I never even realized I have ADHD until after I had kids and the added stressors of parenting/adulting made it obvious. I even made it through med school without realizing it. Now, looking back, I see that I had signs/symptoms all along...they were just subtle.
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