POSTPARTUM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
The birth of a child can introduce many changes into a woman’s life. At times, the stress combined with these life transition challenges can lead to postpartum depression. If you feel as though you may be experiencing postpartum depression within your first year postpartum or beyond, Bloom Psychotherapy can help you.
WHAT IS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Postpartum depressionis often characterized by extreme anxiety, loss of self-confidence, low mood, tearfulness and lack of interest in normally pleasurable things. Women may seriously doubt their ability to cope with all of the demands of motherhood. They may feel like running away, which leads to extreme guilt and further increases self-doubt. While postpartum depression can affect any woman, these symptoms are often worse in women who tend to be perfectionists, have had other episodes of depression or anxiety, who have suffered abuse in the past or have little or no support. Postpartum depression affects the whole family.
Many new moms struggle with intense onset of depression. Many mothers prepare for a wide range of feelings and experiences after giving birth; they plan to be excited and energized by their newborn as well as sleep deprived and stressed. However, feeling depressed after childbirth was not in the plan
SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
The symptoms of depression look different for each person and the way you experience postpartum depression will be unique to you. It’s important to understand that each person experiences depression differently. Your depression needs to be understood in terms that make sense to you and are part of you and your personal experience. It is, however, important to seek help if you are pregnant or have given birth in the last year and experience any or multiple of the symptoms below:
Feel depressed or anxious and unable to cope with the demands you are facing
Feel hopeless and disengaged
Wish you could run away and escape from your current situation
Feel guilty, worthless or bad about yourself
Are having thoughts of harming yourself or someone else
Are unable to enjoy your life
Feel as though your changing moods are having an effect on your family
Feel a lack of interested towards your baby
If you or a loved one are feeling any of the above symptoms during or after pregnancy, contact Bloom Psychotherapy today.
HOW DOES POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION COUNSELLING WORK?
Studies show that therapy is one of the most effective treatments for postpartum depression. Recent studies have found that rates of postpartum depression in women are as high as 25%. During pregnancy, hormones in the body gradually change as a fetus matures. When the child is born, this change becomes more abrupt, which can throw a new mother’s internal balance off. In addition to this shift, new mothers are often exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of labor and caring for their newborn. Postpartum depression can last several months to a year, and in that time, it can cause serious problems with a new mother’s ability to cope with emerging challenges. Our therapists are specially trained in dealing with postpartum depression, and can help get you back on track.
Bloom Psychotherapy works with your entire family to help create a support network that can help you heal faster. There’s nothing more important than the wellbeing of you and your child. We will partner and work together to create an environment in which you as a mother can feel movement and growth. This may include getting your partner or other caregivers involved in the treatment. Perhaps we’ll need to look at concrete challenges like sleep and self-care that may be contributing to the postpartum depression. While your experience has a name, and while postpartum depression is experienced by many other moms, your experience is particular to you and needs a custom, carefully guided response.