Postpartum DepressionCulturally, we believe that pregnancy and child birth should be one of the most happy time in a woman's life. When a women is experiencing Postpartum Depression or Anxiety is can be confusing and hard to cope with. It may be difficult to confide in your partner or friends that you are not feeling like yourself.
There are many reasons a woman may feel depressed or anxious after delivery. Your body goes through dramatic hormonal changes. You may experience mood swings. A new baby will change your sleeping schedule and your lifestyle.
Some women have family members with depression or anxiety, some women have had depression in their own past, and for some women the cause is unclear. For everyone who suffers Postpartum Depression or Anxiety, the causes are as unique as she is.
"Baby Blues" are not the same as Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. "Baby Blues" are generally transient mood changes that level out after a week or two with support from family and friends. Postpartum Depression and anxiety are more serious and may require professional treatment.
- Sad feelings
- Feeling very anxious or constantly worrying
- Being irritable or cranky
- Trouble Sleeping (even when tired) or sleeping too much
- Trouble concentrating or remembering things
- Difficulty making decisions
- Loss of interest in food, or overeating
- Feeling suicidal is a very acute symptom and needs immediate medical attention. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
About one in eight women experience some form of Postpartum Depression. Help is available. Your OB or midwife is trained in helping you identify symptoms and signs of postpartum depression. Your healthcare provider may refer you to a mental health counselor or a psychiatrist.
"I really look forward to my therapy group. When I found women going through the same things as me, I didn't feel so lonely anymore. I'm learning from them and sharing strength with them"
or register for our weekly Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and Mood Group.