Are you feeling overwhelmed, sad or depressed?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Having upsetting thoughts that you cant' get out of your head?
Are you ashamed or embarrassed about your feelings?
Many women experience mood changes following the birth of their baby which is often called the "baby blues". Due to hormonal changes, symptoms are mild and may include crying, feeling overwhelmed, and fatigue. These symptoms last no more than 2 days to 2 weeks.
However, 10 to 25% of women develop more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety during the perinatal period. The term "perinatal" refers to the time period when a women is pregnant and/or up to one year after childbirth.
Some symptoms of postpartum depression you may be experiencing include:
- anxiety or feeling overwhelmed
- sadness, and crying
- lack of feelings toward baby
- inability to take care of self, baby or other childen
- Loss of interest, joy, or pleasure
- mood swings
- anger and irritability
- social isolation
- guilt or shame
- change in appetite and/or sleep disturbances
- thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Although the term "Postpartum Depression" is often used to describe Perinatal Mood Disorders, there is actually a spectrum of other disorders that can affect mothersduring this time. They include:
- Postpartum Panic Disorder
- Postpartum Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Postpartum Psychosis
Please contact Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW