What is postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety?
The onset of mood changes can occur during pregnancy or postpartum. Onset of postpartum depression and anxiety can occur after birth for up to one year. Typically, if the symptoms listed below are present for two weeks or more, it may be more than the “baby blues”. Postpartum depression affects 20% of postpartum women. Postpartum anxiety affects roughly 15%. Postpartum depression is the #1 most common complication of child birth.
Some symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety are: Anxiety, obsessive thinking, irritability and anger, tearfulness, sadness, sleeplessness, exhaustion, loss or increase in appetite, difficulty with concentration and focus, feelings of inadequacy, guilt or shame, loss of interest in things you used to like, difficulty feeling connected to your child or partner, difficulty making decisions, hopelessness, numbness, thoughts of death or harm to yourself or your child.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, please reach out to your partner, friend, family or a professional for support and guidance. Help is available. While these feelings can be scary or leave you feeling out of control, you can seek treatment and you can feel better.
Depression and Anxiety change your thinking.
Feelings and thoughts of guilt, blame, or inadequacy often make people feel worse. You may even start think you’re not being a good mother or partner. When you notice those types of thoughts cropping up, try focusing on what you do well.
Postpartum depression is treatable, you will get through this. You are not alone. Psychotherapy for pregnancy and postpartum moods and having a good support system is crucial in getting through this difficult time. I can help you manage and understand what is happening for you, as well as help you develop perspective and skills to get you back to feeling like yourself and engaged in your family.