Pregnancy & Postpartum Mental Health
This is not what I expected. My exhaustion is physically painful. Yes, of course my sleep has been affected by having a baby. But it's more than that. It's the constant worry. The self-doubt. It washes over me; it takes me away from the present moment, making it difficult to enjoy being with my baby, my other children, and my family. My mood is irritable. Everyone is afraid of upsetting me. I feel tremendous guilt. Like I can't do anything right or be the person that everyone needs me to be. Failure. I feel like such a failure; as a mother, a partner, and as a woman.
The Fall/Winter Session of be. motherhood, a postpartum therapy group, is currently underway.
Interested in joining us for the Spring Session? Contact me today for information!
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety:
Mood: anger, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or panic attack
Whole body: fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
Psychological: depression, worry, fear, or repeatedly going over thoughts
Behavioral: crying or irritability
Cognitive: lack of concentration or unwanted, intrusive/repetitive thoughts
Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Also common: insomnia
If you are experiencing postpartum depression and/or anxiety, please know that effective treatment is available. Approximately 10-15% of women experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety. This is not your fault, and effective treatment can help you feel like yourself again. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Interpersonal Psychotherapy are both recommended as first-line therapies for postpartum depression (make sure the therapist you select is able to offer one of these therapies). If you have been struggling with postpartum depression and/or anxiety, don't try to wait it out. These conditions are very treatable with professional help. Call today to make an appointment. I am eager to partner with you and to help support you during this transitional period. You deserve to feel like yourself again.