Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
31 Fairmount Avenue
Chester, NJ 07930
Serving areas in Morris County, including
Chester, Flanders, Long Valley, Randolph, Madison, Florham Park, Denville, Bedminster, Succasunna, Mendham, Morristown.
Also serving Sussex and Warren Counties.
Is having a baby not what you expected?
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?
You always thought the the birth of a baby is "supposed to be" a joyful experience. You, like many other women have been looking foward to be being a mommy since you were a little girl. Unfortunately though, your pregancy, birth or postpartum period is not living up to your expectations.
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:
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:
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
anger and irritability
guilt or shame
change in appetite and/or sleep disturbances
thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Postpartum Panic Disorder
Postpartum Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder
Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Without appropriate intervention, Postpartum Depression and other Perinatal Mood Disorders can have long term adverse implications for the mother and baby. It can also indirectly affect her husband/partner and put a strain on their relationship and the entire family.
Mothers with Postpartum Depression and/or other Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders need to know:
"YOU ARE NOT ALONE"
"YOUR ARE NOT TO BLAME"
"WITH HELP YOU WILL BE WELL"
For information about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders
Please contact Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW